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Important MCAS Information

posted May 2, 2016, 10:48 AM by Laura Giuggio
Dear Center School Families,

Next week brings the second round of MCAS testing in mathematics for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Our 5th grade students will also have testing in the area of Science and Technology/Engineering. The MCAS assessments provide parents and teachers with information about students’ proficiency with specific learning standards in English/language Arts, Math, and Science. MCAS assessments are administered each spring and the results are distributed to schools and parents in the fall.

While teachers have practiced specific MCAS questions with their students to familiarize them with the format of the assessment, the most important math and science work is accomplished daily. The MCAS is an opportunity for our students to apply their learning and demonstrate their proficiency as growing learners.

This year, session two of the ELA testing contained PARCC sample questions for students in districts like Longmeadow who chose to continue with MCAS while MCAS 2.0 is developed. The Math MCAS will be augmented with a limited number of PARCC test items to facilitate statewide comparisons and to provide teachers and students in MCAS districts with some initial exposure to those types of questions. Additional information about both this year’s MCAS and PARCC may be found on the DESE website

We plan to create the best testing environment for our students so they’re able to show us their best work. We expect our students to take the test seriously, persevere, but with as little anxiety as possible. By working together, we can make your child’s testing experience positive and successful.

Here are ways you can help:

  • See that your child arrives to school on time.
  • Make sure your child is well rested and eats a substantial breakfast. Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack.
  • Encourage your child to persevere, do the best work possible, and to have a positive attitude!
  • Talk about the test in a positive way!

Please refer to the specific testing dates for each grade level, which are available on teachers’ websites, Center School’s website, and the district website. 

Note that in compliance with MCAS test security requirements, parents /visitors are prohibited from the testing areas on testing dates.

I extend my appreciation for your support and cooperation. Please contact me with any questions. 


Donna Hutton, Principal

The results from statewide assessments are not meant to tell the whole story about an individual student; the tests are one of several measures that illustrate how a child is progressing. Test scores should be used alongside in-class performance, report cards, and teacher reports to form a complete picture of a child's academic achievement. 

                  Commissioner’s Update April 29, 2016