Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Achievement Levels on the Next-Generation Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Tests

Achievement Levels

Student results on all next-generation STE MCAS tests are reported according to these achievement levels:

  • Exceeding Expectations
  • Meeting Expectations
  • Partially Meeting Expectations
  • Not Meeting Expectations.

Policy-Level Achievement Level Descriptors

The policy-level achievement level descriptors, which apply across all subject areas and grade levels, are used as a basis for determining the minimum score for each of the achievement levels on each of the next-generation MCAS tests.

Exceeding Expectations

A student who performed at this level exceeded grade-level expectations by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter.

Meeting Expectations

A student who performed at this level met grade-level expectations and is academically on track to succeed in the current grade in this subject.

Partially Meeting Expectations

A student who performed at this level partially met grade-level expectations in this subject. The school, in consultation with the student's parent/guardian, should consider whether the student needs additional academic assistance to succeed in this subject.

Not Meeting Expectations

A student who performed at this level did not meet grade-level expectations in this subject. The school, in consultation with the student's parent/guardian, should determine the coordinated academic assistance and/or additional instruction the student needs to succeed in this subject.

STE Subject-Specific Achievement Level Descriptors

The subject-specific achievement level descriptors (ALDs) are intended to help educators, students, and parents/guardians understand the meaning of the MCAS results. Next-generation ALDs are currently being developed for high school Biology and Introductory Physics. These ALDs will be reviewed by Massachusetts educators during the summer 2022 standard setting panels, see the Transition Information for MCAS STE Tests webpage for more information.

Last Updated: January 26, 2022

 
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