Q. What is an MCAS-Alt Score Appeal?
A. The MCAS-Alt Score Appeal is a process by which the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ("the Department") addresses a claim of a perceived scoring inaccuracy in one or more areas of a student's MCAS-Alt from the previous school year; or a miscalculation of a student's achievement level on the MCAS-Alt. An appeal may be submitted to the Department by a school, educational collaborative, or approved private special education school requesting that the Department review the MCAS-Alt strand in question, and if warranted, recalculate the student's score.
Q. Who may request an MCAS-Alt Score Appeal?
A. A request for an MCAS-Alt Score Appeal may only be filed with the Department by one of the following administrators of a school or program in which the affected student is enrolled:
Q. How does a school determine whether an MCAS-Alt score appeal should be requested?
A. Before submitting a score appeal, the school administrator and teacher of the student whose MCAS-Alt is in question must:
In mid-June, MCAS-Alt Feedback Forms will be made available in the school's Dropbox on the Department's secure portal. If, after the review, the school administrator believes a discrepancy exists between the actual evidence included in the student's MCAS-Alt and the reported score, the school administrator may request an appeal.
* Note: The school must have maintained a copy of the assessment prior to its submission in order to request an MCAS-Alt Score Appeal.
Q. How is a request made for an MCAS-Alt Score Appeal?
A. The appropriate school official must complete the 2023 MCAS-Alt Score Appeal Form. A link will be posted in June to the Department's MCAS-Alt website. No student work or other materials should be included with the appeal.
Q. Which students are eligible to request an MCAS-Alt Score Appeal?
A. The MCAS-Alt Score Appeal may be filed on behalf of any student for whom an MCAS-Alt was submitted in spring 2023, provided the school has maintained a copy.
Q. Which scores may be appealed?
A. Scores in the following rubric areas may be appealed:
Scores in the following rubric areas may not be appealed since these scores do not affect the student's overall achievement level:
Information on scoring the MCAS-Alt is available in the 2023 Educator's Manual for MCAS-Alt and in the Guidelines for Scoring MCAS-Alt.
Q. Once the MCAS-Alt Score Appeal is submitted, who will conduct the actual review?
A. After reviewing the information in the Score Appeal Form (available in June) and in the original MCAS-Alt, expert scorers under the supervision of the Department will review and, if necessary, rescore the assessment of the student for whom the appeal was requested.
Q. When will schools be notified of the outcome of their score appeal?
A. The Department will send written determinations to the superintendent (or director) and principal of the school or program attended by the student.
Parent/Guardian Reports, School Rosters, and District Rosters sent to districts in September will reflect the adjusted scores.
In late fall, all MCAS-Alt submissions, including those for which a score appeal was submitted, will be returned to the school with print copies of the Feedback Form. The Feedback Form will only reflect the original scores, not scores that have been readjusted based on an appeal.
Q. When would it be inappropriate to submit an MCAS-Alt Score Appeal?
A. The MCAS-Alt Score Appeal process should not be used to report any of the following:
Last Updated: December 22, 2022
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