Background:MCAS is designed to measure a student's knowledge of key concepts and skills outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. A small number of students with the most significant disabilities who are unable to take the standard MCAS tests even with accommodations participate in the MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt). MCAS-Alt consists of a portfolio of specific materials collected annually by the teacher and student. Evidence for the portfolio may include work samples, instructional data, videotapes, and other supporting information.
Commissioner's Memo: Information and Resources for MCAS-Alt and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Learn about the MCAS-Alt. View an overview and frequently asked questions.
Access resources for conducting MCAS-Alt and on upcoming training sessions, including MCAS-Alt Newsletters, the Resource Guide, Educator's Manual, MCAS-Alt Forms and Graphs, and registration information.
Find information on scoring portfolios and view reports of results. Also view information on the MCAS-Alt score appeals process.
Last Updated: March 10, 2023
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