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Overview of Spring 2019 MCAS Item Releases

The table below provides an overview of item releases from the spring 2019 MCAS tests. The table displays the percentage of operational items that were released for each test or grade range. Operational items are those items on which student scores are based. Test forms may also include field-test and equating items, which do not count toward student scores and are not released.

TestsTest Design/Item TypesTesting Mode1Percentage of
Operational Items
ELA Grades 3–82next-generationcomputer, paper45%
ELA Grade 10next-generationcomputer, paper100%
Math Grades 3–8next-generationcomputer, paper50%
Math Grade 10next-generationcomputer, paper100%
STE Grades 5 and 8next-generationcomputer, paper49%
High School Biologylegacypaper100%
High School Introductory Physicslegacypaper100%
High School Chemistry3legacypaper0%
High School Technology/Engineering3legacypaper0%

1 For next-generation tests, paper-based test forms were offered as an accommodation for some students. The vast majority of students took the computer-based test.

2 For ELA Grades 3-8, the percentage of items released varied by grade. Altogether, 45% of operational items were released across these grades.

3 In order to support future test development, no items from the spring 2019 high school Chemistry and Technology/Engineering tests were released.

Last Updated: June 7, 2019

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