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Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Awards

The Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction provides a credit toward tuition at Massachusetts public colleges and universities.

Comparison of Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction Award and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

2020 Update for Students:

  1. For 2020 recipients starting school in the fall semester of 2020: Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition credits will be retroactive to the start of the 2020-2021 academic school year

  2. For 2020 recipients starting school in the spring semester of 2021: Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition credits will be extended to the fall of the 2023-2024 academic school year (to complete 8 semesters for students with continued eligibility)

2021 Update for Students:

Due to recent changes at the College Board, DESE and DHE are currently reviewing and assessing the application requirements for the class of 2021 and beyond

The Purposes of the Certificate of Mastery Are To:

  • Recognize high academic achievement on MCAS and other measures of academic achievement;
  • Recognize high academic achievement as identified by outside forums including competitions, student publications, and awards;
  • Provide an incentive for students to perform to their best abilities on MCAS and on the course of studies beyond grade 10; and
  • Recognize high academic achievement in areas not included in MCAS.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible to apply for a Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Award, a student must:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a Massachusetts public high school. (Students who have graduated high school are not eligible to apply)
  • Be a permanent Massachusetts resident.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
    (In order to use the tuition credit portion of the Certificate, students must be eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA].)

Because of the transition to the next-generation MCAS tests, there are currently different requirements for initial qualification, depending on the student's original class, as shown in the table below. Requirements for the classes of 2021 and 2022 reflect an interim standard for ELA and Mathematics defining a level of achievement on the new tests that is similar to the standard on the legacy tests. Information on future classes will be provided at a later time.

MCAS Requirements for the Koplik Certificate of Mastery for Students in the Classes of 2021–2023
Students in the Classes of 2021–2022Students in the Class of 2023
Option 1: MCAS ELA, Math, STEOption 2: MCAS ELA and MathMCAS ELA and Math
Minimum score on one of the following:
  • ELA: 501 Next-Gen or 260 Legacy
  • Math: 504 Next-Gen or 260 Legacy
  • STE: 260 Legacy (score from February 2020 or earlier)
Minimum score on one of the following:
  • ELA: 501 Next-Gen or 260 Legacy
  • Math: 504 Next-Gen or 260 Legacy
Minimum score on one of the following:
  • ELA: 501 Next-Gen
  • Math: 504 Next-Gen
Minimum score on the remaining tests:
  • ELA: 472 Next-Gen or 240 Legacy
  • Math: 486 Next-Gen or 240 Legacy
  • STE: 240 Legacy (score from February 2020 or earlier)
Minimum score on the remaining tests:
  • ELA: 472 Next-Gen or 240 Legacy
  • Math: 486 Next-Gen or 240 Legacy
Minimum score on the remaining test:
  • ELA: 472 Next-Gen
  • Math: 486 Next-Gen
2021 MCAS Testing Opportunities:
  • *May 2021: Next-Gen MCAS tests (ELA and Mathematics only, classes of 2021–2023)
  • *May 2021: Legacy MCAS Tests (ELA and Mathematics only, classes of 2021–2022)
*Students attempting to qualify for the Koplik Certificate by taking MCAS a second time may participate in one but not both May 2021 test administrations.

Award Amounts:

Recipients of the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction are eligible for an award of a non-need-based tuition credit for state-supported undergraduate courses. Individual student awards shall be no more than the resident undergraduate tuition rate at the participating institution. For updated information on current tuition rates at Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities, please visit Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition Credit — Current and Recent Value.

The tuition credit must be used in the September following high school graduation and is valid for eight consecutive semesters provided the student maintains a G.P.A. of 3.3 for continued eligibility. If the G.P.A. falls below the 3.3, then the student loses the credit.

Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to use the tuition credit portion of the Certificate.

How to Apply?

Due to recent changes at the College Board, DESE and DHE are currently reviewing and assessing the application requirements for the class of 2021 and beyond.

Application Process:

Students who meet the initial qualifications are notified in their Junior year by letter to the students' parents or guardians. The letter includes a Koplik application form. The letter, in combination with the application form, explains the remaining requirements should the student wish to pursue them.

* Every public high school, regional high school, regional vocational technical high school and public charter high school is asked to assign a person to serve as the Koplik coordinator. The Koplik coordinator is responsible for:

  • notifying students in their junior year who initially qualify for the Koplik Certificate;
  • advising students on how they may fulfill the requirements;
  • reviewing applications; and,
  • submitting the names and addresses of students who successfully complete the requirements to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education via the security portal (this information may not be submitted via email)

All applications and supporting documentation should be submitted directly to the school's Koplik Coordinator; please do not send copies to DESE.

Due to recent changes at the College Board, DESE and DHE are currently reviewing and assessing the application requirements for the class of 2021 and beyond.

For any questions you may have regarding the Koplik Certificate of Mastery, please contact Koplik@doe.mass.edu.

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Last Updated: March 26, 2021

 
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