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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Graphic Organizers, Checklists, and Supplemental Reference Sheets, for use by students with disabilities

The approved graphic organizers, checklists, and supplemental reference sheets listed in the table below are for use by students with disabilities who have this MCAS accommodation (A9 from the Accessibility and Accommodations Manual for the 2020–2021 MCAS Tests/Retests) listed in their IEPs or 504 plans. The Department encourages schools to familiarize students with these tools, since students should be comfortable using their graphic organizer or reference sheet during MCAS testing.

Only the approved ELA organizers that include text and supplemental mathematics reference sheets listed below may be used for next-generation ELA and Mathematics MCAS testing and text or graphics may not be added. It is permissible to remove selected text or graphics. For some grades, there are multiple organizers that are approved that can be used for students with disabilities. The selection of each option is based upon student's need and which organizer the student is most familiar with. The sample Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) reference sheets listed below may be used as is, or may be used with selected text and graphics removed; however, additional Department approval is required if any text or graphics are added, or if a different reference sheet is created.

Approved ELA Graphic Organizers

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MCAS Grades 3 and 4: Short Response Questions
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MCAS Grades 3–4: Essay
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MCAS Grades 3–4: Story
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MCAS Grades 5: Essay
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MCAS Grades 5: Narrative
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MCAS Grades 6–8: Essay (option 1)
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MCAS Grades 6–8: Essay (option 2)
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MCAS Grades 6–8: Narrative (option 1)
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MCAS Grades 6–8: Narrative (option 2)
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MCAS Grade 10: Essay (option 1)
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MCAS Grade 10: Essay (option 2)
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MCAS Grade 10: Narrative (option 1)
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MCAS Grade 10: Narrative (option 2)

Approved Supplemental Mathematics Reference Sheets

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MCAS Grade 3
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MCAS Grade 4
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MCAS Grade 5
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MCAS Grade 6
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MCAS Grade 7
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MCAS Grade 8
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MCAS Grade 10

Sample STE Reference Sheets

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MCAS Grade 5
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MCAS Grade 8
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MCAS High School Biology
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MCAS High School Physics


Note: If you have a problem printing a graphic organizer please call Student Assessment at 781-338-3625.

Last Updated: September 2, 2020

 
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