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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

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.

Minimum Score on High School MCAS TestClasses of 2019 and 2020Classes of 2021 and 2022
First High School MCAS Test:
  • Grade 10 ELA
  • Grade 10 Mathematics
  • Grade 10 S/TE
(Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology Engineering)
Earn a Score of 260 or higher on ONE of the tests Earn the minimum score listed below on ONE of the tests
  • ELA - 501
  • Mathematics - 504
  • High School S/TE - 260
Remaining TWO High School MCAS Tests: Earn a score of 240 or higher on each remaining test Earn the minimum score listed below for each remaining test:
  • ELA – 472
  • Mathematics – 476
  • High School S/TE – 240

To receive the Certificate of Mastery, students must fulfill additional requirements through one of the combinations listed below:

  • 2 AP exams with scores of 3 or better;
  • 2 SAT II exams (Minimum score dependent upon subject area. Scores are listed on the Koplik application);
  • 1 SAT II exam and 1 AP exam; or
  • 1 SAT II exam and 1 other achievement; or
  • 1 AP exam and 1 other achievement.

Please Note: Test scores and/or academic achievements may not be in the same content area. Please see pages 2 and 3 of the application for more information.

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?

Koplik Application forms Download Word Document should be submitted to the Koplik coordinator* at your high school.

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.

For students in their senior year, applications must be submitted to the Koplik coordinator by May 1. Students taking AP exams or SAT subject tests after this date must still file an application by this deadline. Please see Section II of the application for more information on the submission process.

Students may not file an application after graduating from high school.

For any questions you may have regarding the Koplik Certificate of Mastery, please contact

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