MCAS Testing Info.

MCAS Testing Requirements and Timeline


All students must pass Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science to be eligible to receive a diploma from a Massachusetts public high school. OHS students take the science MCAS test in June of their 9th grade year and the ELA and Mathematics MCAS tests in spring of the 10th grade. Eighth grade students at OHS take the Science, ELA and Math in preparation as well.


Click here to view Oxford High School's 2016 Spring MCAS Results and Profile.


“Next-Generation MCAS”


The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is in the process of upgrading MCAS to better measure the critical thinking skills students need for success in the 21st century. The new test, informally called "Next-Generation MCAS," will include innovative items developed by PARCC to build upon the best aspects of the MCAS assessments that have served the Commonwealth well for the past two decades.


Next-Generation MCAS will be designed to be taken on a computer. The plan is to phase in computer-based testing so that computer-based tests are fully administered statewide in 2019, with many students participating as well in 2017 and 2018.


The Board voted on October 25, 2016 to extend the existing 10th grade MCAS to the class of 2020. This means that the first class of students to take the next-generation grade 10 MCAS in ELA and Math will be the class of 2021, this year's eighth graders, who will take the grade 8 next-generation MCAS in spring 2017.


Practice tests for the Next-Generation MCAS should be available on the DOE website in January.


More information: Please contact Student Assessment Services (781-338-3625; mcas@doe.mass.edu) with any questions.


2016-2017 MCAS Test Schedule


MCAS Retests: MCAS retests for ELA and math occur in November and March; and the biology MCAS retest occurs in February.


Students who do not pass a grade 9 or 10 MCAS test, who miss a regularly scheduled MCAS test for grade 9 or 10, or who transfer to OHS without having passed the required high school MCAS tests, must take a retest. ELA and Mathematics retests are given in late fall and early spring. There are no retests in science; students must take a regularly scheduled science MCAS test in February or June.


MCAS 2016-2017 Retest Dates

Date

Test

November 8, 9 and 14, 2017

MCAS ELA re-test

November 15-16, 2017

MCAS Math re-test

February 5-6, 2018

MCAS Biology test (Science re-test)

February 28-March 2 & March 5-6, 2018

MCAS ELA & Math re-test



Spring 2017 MCAS Test Dates

Date

Test

March 27, 2018

Grade 10 MCAS ELA Long Composition

March 28, 2018

Grade 10 MCAS ELA Sessions 1 & 2

March 29, 2018

Grade 10 MCAS ELA Session 3

April 5, 2018

Grade 10 MCAS ELA Long Composition Make-up

TBD (in April)

Grade 8 MCAS ELA Session 1 & 2

TBD

Grade 8 MCAS ELA Session 3

May 23-24, 2018

Grade 10 MCAS Math

TBD (in April or May)

Grade 8 MCAS Math

TBD (in April or May)

Grade 8 MCAS STE (science, technology and engineering)

June 6-7, 2018

Grade 9 MCAS STE exam


Preparing for the MCAS tests and retests


Students wishing to prepare for MCAS tests should use the links below to access released MCAS tests. These tests, which contain answer keys, will give students a good sense of the types of questions and the type of material to be found on each subject area MCAS test.


The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education MCAS website offers more information about the state's testing requirements and has resources to help students prepare. Among these resources are MCAS tests from previous years.

* The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education did not release any questions from the 2016 high school Technology/Engineering test.


http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/student/2016/ - This site includes sample student work and scoring guides for open-response and short answer questions. You can select the grade level and subject to review responses and how they were graded.


Some additional sites that might be helpful:


http://quizlet.com/2059930/ela-mcas-flash-cards/ - Flash cards with ELA MCAS questions and topics.


http://www.khanacademy.org/ - Includes Math MCAS help videos


http://www.mymcas.com/html_pages/quizzes.htm  - Math MCAS practice


http://www.nclark.net/MCASbiology - Review Biology topics on the test


http://www.whrsd.org/page.cfm?p=1627 - Links to PowerPoint presentations on different topics related to the Biology MCAS.


http://quizlet.com/subject/biology-mcas/ - Flash cards with Biology MCAS questions and topics.



Scholarship and Certificate Information


If students earn Advanced (260-280) or Proficient (240-258) scores on the MCAS, they may qualify for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship or the Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction.

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition waiver for eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included. Massachusetts public high school students are eligible for the scholarship when they: score at the Advanced and Proficient levels on grade 10 MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. (A student must earn a score of Advanced on the ELA or Mathematics test and a score of Proficient or higher on the second test.); AND have a combined score that places them in the top 25% of the graduating class in their district. In order to receive the scholarship, the student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who is enrolled in a Massachusetts public high school in their senior year. The student will receive an award letter in the fall of their senior year. In order to use the scholarship the student must be accepted at a Massachusetts public college or university; complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); send the Adams Scholarship award letter to the financial aid or bursar's office at the college or university that he or she plans to attend; and enroll in a state college or university in the first semester following high school graduation. To continue receiving the Adams Scholarship, the student must  continue to enroll full-time at a public higher education institution; maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on all college work; annually complete the FAFSA; and complete college/university studies within eight consecutive semesters. More information can be found at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/adams.html.

Congratulations to the following Class of 2017 Recipients of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship:

Riley Brady, Hannah Cormier, Matheau Daigneault, Amanda Fradsham, Adam Germain, Amanda Gevry, Annie Krantz, Veronica Light, Michael McCarthy, Shane McCarthy, Matthew McGee, Timothy Melanson, Alexis Morrison, Cayce Pappas, David Peloquin, Matthew Poutre, Madeline Pupka, Erin Reid, Nicholas Rosebrooks, Emily Sterczala, Brooke Storey, William Sullivan, Nathan Thomas, Michael Warren, Julianne Welsh

Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction

The Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction provides a tuition waiver for eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included. Massachusetts public high school students are eligible for the scholarship when they meet the following criteria: scoring Advanced on Grade 10 ELA, Math or Science and Proficient or higher in the other two subjects and demonstrating additional academic achievements on AP and/or SAT II (subject test) exams. More information on the academic achievements expected on AP and/or SAT II exams and the Koplik Certificate can be found at http://www.doe.mass.edu/FamComm/Student/mastery.html.


Please Note: Although you may receive both awards, only one can be used to waive tuition. The other will be considered recognition of outstanding achievement.