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MCAS 2017

posted Apr 2, 2017, 3:37 PM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 3:39 PM ]
Dear 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:

  • 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!

2017 MCAS Schedule




Science Technology Engineering

5th Grade

April 4,5,6

May 2 , 3

May 22 , 23

4th Grade

April 11, 12, 13

May 10 , 11

Not Tested

3rd Grade

April 25, 26 ,27

May 16 , 17

Not Tested

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

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


Donna Hutton, Principal