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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Release of 2018-2019 MCAS Testing Schedule

We are pleased to release the 2018-2019 MCAS testing schedule for grades 3-8 and high schools Download Word Document. The schedule for ACCESS for ELLs will be released at a later time, as well as MCAS test administration deadlines.

Guidance on Test Dates

Districts that previously scheduled activities and now find a conflict with one of the prescribed test dates for the high school tests should contact the Office of Student Assessment Services at or 781-338-3625.

Note that for the purpose of scheduling test sessions for grades 3-8 and make-up sessions from the prescribed test dates for high schools, state and federal laws require schools to make reasonable accommodations for the needs of students and employees who observe religious holidays.

Computer-Based Testing Expectation

In 2019, the grades 3-8 MCAS tests in ELA, Mathematics, and STE, and the grade 10 tests in ELA and Mathematics will be expected to be administered online, with certain exceptions for students with disabilities and first-year English learners, who may require a paper-based edition as an accommodation. High schools will also be expected to administer computer-based field tests in Biology and Introductory Physics to a portion of their students (note that the operational high school STE tests will remain paper-based in 2019; details will be provided at a later date).

Guidance on Next-Generation Testing for High Schools

The first administration of the new, next-generation MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests for grade 10 will be in spring 2019. To assist schools in preparing for the new expectations, the Department has begun releasing resources, including the spring 2019 grade 10 ELA Download Word Document and Mathematics test designs. In fall 2018, the Department will release next-generation practice tests and sample student work, and will host a series of regional face-to-face and remote workshops to share information about the high school testing program.

Grade 10 Concurrent Testing Policy and Test Security

In order to achieve a higher level of test security, high schools will be expected to administer the grade 10 tests on the primary administration dates concurrently whenever possible. Schools with technology constraints should use the primary administration dates for the maximum number of students who can test concurrently, and then use the secondary administration dates for the remainder of the students. Schools with special circumstances that cannot test all their students using the primary and secondary administration dates should email the Department's Office of Student Assessment Services to discuss options. (Note that schools with students doing paper-based tests as an accommodation will be expected to administer the grade 10 tests concurrently to those students on the primary set of administration dates.)

Thank you. Please contact the Office of Student Assessment Services if there are any questions.

Last Updated: March 29, 2018

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