DESE is pleased to release the 2017-2018 testing schedule for MCAS tests and ACCESS for ELLs, and the submission deadline for the MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt). To access the schedules, please visit this website.
DESE sincerely appreciates the patience of districts and schools as they have worked to develop this schedule. Districts that previously scheduled activities and now find a conflict with a specific high school testing date should contact the Office of Student Assessment Services at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-338-3625
Experienced principals will note that grade 10 ELA testing will begin slightly later than in spring 2017; this is being done in case of school cancellations due to snow. Grade 10 Mathematics testing will also begin later in 2018 in order to avoid testing during the first few days of Ramadan. For the purpose of scheduling make-up sessions for high schools and for scheduling test sessions for grades 3-8, state and federal laws require schools to make reasonable accommodations for the needs of students and employees who observe religious holidays.
Note that grades 4, 5, 7, and 8 tests in ELA, Mathematics, and STE are expected to be administered online. Schools may choose to administer either computer-based tests or paper-based tests for grades 3 and 6.
For grades 3-8, DESE will be gathering input from stakeholder groups, surveys, and data from computer-based testing this past spring to help inform whether DESE should make any adjustments to the schedule. DESE will confirm the schedule or note any changes in the back-to-school edition of the Student Assessment Update this fall.