2020, News

MCAS Update

October 5, 2020

Dear Old Colony Households,

The Department of Education has released new information concerning MCAS testing. Students in grades 9,10 and 11 will be tested this academic year.  These testing cycles will provide opportunities for our students to receive Competency Determinations in the required subjects.

The following are the testing windows for our students:

Grade 11- January 19 – February 4   Math, ELA

Grade 10-  May 18-27    Math , ELA

Dates TBD 

Option to retest for grade 11

Grade 9-    May 18-27       Biology

The tests will be a computer based with the option for grade 11 students to do paper based ELA in May if they are not successful during the January testing window.  Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are not required to test or retest in Science, as DESE is accepting a passing grade in an approved Science course as Competency Determination.

Old Colony’s administration and staff are committed to the continued academic success of all our students and we are dedicated partners in the process of their individual preparation and achievement. In addition to targeted assistance through Title I programming, our English and Math Departments will be incorporating continuous content review and practice test exercises. Teacher office hours and Open Library are also venues to receive extra support and review time. We  encourage students to utilize MCAS practice materials at Pearson Access Next and the resources at DESE. 

http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student/

http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/released-items/

http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/testitems.html

If you have questions or concerns please contact us.

 

Thank you,

Michael Parker, Principal     jmparker@oldcolony.us

Catherine Tuiccinardi, Academic Coordinator       ctuccinardi@oldcolony.us

Johanna Kaufman, Data, MCAS, Title I Director: Grants Coordinator/Writer  jkaufman@oldcolony.us