The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is designed to meet the requirements of the Education Reform Law of 1993. This law specifies that the testing program must:
- Test all public school students in Massachusetts, including students with disabilities and limited English proficient students.
- Measure performance based on the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
- Report on the performance of individual students, schools, and districts.
As required by the Education Reform Law, students must earn a scaled score of at least 240 on the Grade 10 ELA and Mathematics MCAS test. Students must also earn a scaled score of at least 220 on one of the high school MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) tests: Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering. The students must also meet the local requirements of their high school to obtain a high school diploma.
In addition, the MCAS program is used to hold schools and districts accountable, on an annual basis, for the progress they make on this assessment.
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