Center School Families,
Tuesday begins the first round of MCAS testing in ELA (English Language Arts) for our 3rd , 4th , and 5th grade students. 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 learning has been accomplished daily through core curriculum instruction! The MCAS is an opportunity for our students to apply their learning and demonstrate their proficiency as growing readers ,writers, mathematicians and scientists.
This is the first year for administration of tests known as the "Next Generation MCAS 2.0", which are designed to be computer based and to more deeply assess students’ knowledge and ability levels. Students in Grade 4 will participate in online testing, using chrome books, in ELA and math this year.
Students in grades 3 and 5 will continue with paper based testing in ELA and math. The Department of Education’s goal is for computer based testing for all students by 2019. Students in Grade 3, 4, and 5 will participate in three shorter ELA sessions. All tests are untimed and writing is embedded in tests at all grade levels.
Here are ways you can help:
2017 MCAS Schedule
Note that in compliance with MCAS test security requirements, parents /visitors are prohibited from the testing areas on testing dates.
We ask for your help in striking a balance between encouraging students to do their best and minimizing test anxiety. We consider MCAS to be one piece of evidence used to measure student growth and progress, and we recognize your child’s individual strengths, passions, and talents may not be reflected in a test score. By working together, we can make your child’s testing experience positive and successful.
If you would like more information, visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/.
I extend my appreciation for your support and cooperation. Please contact me with any questions.
Donna Hutton, Principal