MCAS TEST DATES

MCAS Test Dates - Rockland High School

MCAS TEST DATES

MCAS, PARCC, Alternate Assessment, and ACCESS for ELLs


Date/Time1

November 2015 MCAS ELA and Mathematics Retests

Before Testing

Order test materials

September 8–16

Receive test materials

October 28

Complete PCPA (Materials Received section)

Report packing discrepancies, if necessary

Order additional materials, if necessary

October 28–November 2, 12:00 p.m.

Test Administration

ELA Composition Sessions A and B

November 4

ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2

November 5

ELA Reading Comprehension Session 3

November 6

Mathematics Session 1

November 9

Mathematics Session 2

November 10

Last date for make-up testing

November 132

After Testing

Complete PCPA

Schedule UPS pickup

November 16, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for UPS pickup

November 17

2016 ACCESS for ELLs Test (including the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs)

Before Testing

Order test materials

October 26–November 13

Receive test materials

January 4

Order additional materials, if necessary

January 4–6

Test Administration

ACCESS for ELLs test sessions

January 7–February 103

After Testing

Schedule UPS pickup

February 11

Deadline for UPS pickup

February 12

February 2016 MCAS High School Biology Test

Before Testing

Order test materials

October 26–30

Receive test materials

January 25

Complete PCPA (Materials Received section)

Report packing discrepancies, if necessary

Order additional materials, if necessary

January 25–28, 12:00 p.m.

Test Administration

Biology Session 1

February 1

Biology Session 2

February 2

Last date for make-up testing

February 44

After Testing

Complete PCPA

Schedule UPS pickup

February 5, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for UPS pickup

February 8



1 Individual test sessions are designed to be completed in 45 minutes for ELA Composition and ELA Reading Comprehension, and 60 minutes for Mathematics and February Biology. Refer to the Principal’s Administration Manual for more information, including participation guidelines and the policy for make-up testing.


2 Make-up testing for students with extraordinary circumstances (i.e., students not able to participate in regularly scheduled sessions or make-up sessions) may be completed November 16.


3 ACCESS for ELLs tests in 2016 for grades 1–12 will be administered online, with a paper alternative, for each of the following areas: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The administration of the kindergarten test and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs test will remain the same as in 2015. More information will be posted on our website when available.


4 Make-up testing for students with extraordinary circumstances (i.e., students not able to participate in regularly scheduled sessions or make-up sessions) may be completed February 5.


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Date/Time5

March 2016 MCAS ELA and Mathematics Retests

Before Testing

Order test materials

January 4–15

Receive test materials

February 24

Complete PCPA (Materials Received section)

Report packing discrepancies, if necessary

Order additional materials, if necessary

February 24–29, 12:00 p.m.

Test Administration

ELA Composition Sessions A and B

March 2

ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2

March 3

ELA Reading Comprehension Session 3

March 4

Mathematics Session 1

March 7

Mathematics Session 2

March 8

Last date for make-up testing

March 96

After Testing

Complete PCPA

Schedule UPS pickup

March 10, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for UPS pickup

March 11

2016 MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt): Grades 3–12


Order materials

January 4–15

Receive MCAS-Alt materials

February 22

Complete PCPA (Materials Received section)

Report packing discrepancies, if necessary

Order additional materials, if necessary

February 22–March 11, 12:00 p.m.

Complete PCPA

Schedule UPS pickup

March 31, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for UPS pickup

April 1

5 Individual test sessions are designed to be completed in 45 minutes for ELA Composition and ELA Reading Comprehension and 60 minutes for Mathematics. Refer to the Principal’s Administration Manual for more information, including participation guidelines and the policy for make-up testing.


6 Make-up testing for students with extraordinary circumstances (i.e., students not able to participate in regularly scheduled sessions or make-up sessions) may be completed March 10.


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Date/Time7

March–April 2016 MCAS Tests (Grades 3–8 English Language Arts)8
for districts administering MCAS in grades 3–8 for ELA and Mathematics

Before Testing

Order test materials

January 4–15

Receive test materials

March 21

Complete PCPA (Materials Received section)

Report packing discrepancies, if necessary

Order additional materials, if necessary

March 21–24, 12:00 p.m.

Test Administration

English Language Arts test sessions

March 28–April 129

After Testing

Complete PCPA

Schedule UPS pickup

April 13, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for UPS pickup

April 14

(April 6: Early pickup)

March–April 2016 MCAS Tests (Grade 10 English Language Arts Composition and Reading Comprehension)

Before Testing

Order test materials

January 4–15

Receive test materials

March 14 (grade 10)

Complete PCPA (Materials Received section)

Report packing discrepancies, if necessary

Order additional materials, if necessary

March 14–18, 12:00 p.m.

(March 29: Deadline for ordering additional materials for the ELA Composition Make-Up)

Test Administration

ELA Composition Sessions A and B

March 22

ELA Composition Make-Up Sessions A and B

March 31

ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2

March 23

ELA Reading Comprehension Session 3

March 24

Last date for make-up testing

April 510

After Testing

Complete PCPA

Schedule UPS pickup

April 6, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for UPS pickup

April 7

(March 30: Early/automatic pickup)

7 The number of sessions for the grade 10 ELA Composition and Reading Comprehension tests is noted in the table above, and individual test sessions for grade 10 are designed to be completed in 45 minutes for the ELA Composition and for ELA Reading Comprehension. The grades 3–8 English Language Arts tests consist of two sessions. Session 1 is designed to be completed in 60 minutes. New for 2016, Session 2 contains two sections, 2A and 2B. Session 2A is designed to be completed in 35 minutes, and Session 2B is a 60-minute timed section. Refer to the appropriate Principal’s Administration Manual for more information, including participation guidelines, the prescribed order for administering each grade’s tests, and the policy for make-up testing.


8 MCAS ELA tests in grades 3–8 will be supplemented with a small number of PARCC items, and one of the PARCC items will require students to write in response to text. Because of this change for ELA, the Department has eliminated the ELA Composition in grades 4 and 7 in spring 2016.


9 Make-up testing for students in grades 3–8 with extraordinary circumstances (i.e., students not able to participate in regularly scheduled sessions or make-up sessions) may be completed April 13.


10 Make-up testing for grade 10 students with extraordinary circumstances (i.e., students not able to participate in regularly scheduled sessions or make-up sessions) may be completed April 6.



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Date/Time11

May 2016 MCAS Tests (Grades 3–8 Mathematics and Science and Technology/Engineering)12
for districts administering MCAS in grades 3–8 for ELA and Mathematics

Note: All districts (including PARCC districts) must administer MCAS STE tests in grades 5 and 8.

Before Testing

Order test materials

January 4–15

Receive test materials

April 25

Complete PCPA (Materials Received section)

Report packing discrepancies, if necessary

Order additional materials, if necessary

April 25–May 5, 12:00 p.m.

Test Administration

Mathematics test sessions

May 9–2413

Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) test sessions

May 10–2413 (grades 5 and 8)

After Testing

Complete PCPA

Schedule UPS pickup

May 25, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for UPS pickup

May 26

(May 20: Early pickup)

May 2016 MCAS Tests (Grade 10 Mathematics)

Before Testing

Order test materials

January 4–15

Receive test materials

May 3

Complete PCPA (Materials Received section)

Report packing discrepancies, if necessary

Order additional materials, if necessary

May 3–13, 12:00 p.m.

Test Administration

Mathematics Session 1

May 1711, 14

Mathematics Session 2

May 1811, 14

Last day for make-up testing

May 2415

After Testing

Complete PCPA

Schedule UPS pickup

May 25, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for UPS pickup

May 26

(May 20: Early/automatic pickup)

11 The number of sessions for the grade 10 Mathematics test is noted in the table above, and individual test sessions for grade 10 are designed to be completed in 60 minutes. Each test for grades 5 and 8 STE has two separate sessions, and each is designed to be completed in 45 minutes. Each test for grades 3–8 Mathematics has two separate sessions. New for 2016: test sessions for grade 3 Mathematics are designed to be completed in 50 minutes per session, and test sessions for grades 4–8 Mathematics are designed to be completed in 55 minutes per session. Refer to the appropriate Principal’s Administration Manual for more information, including participation guidelines, the prescribed order for administering each grade’s tests, and the policy for make-up testing.


12 Each MCAS test in grades 3–8 Mathematics will be supplemented with a small number of PARCC items.


13 Make-up testing for students with extraordinary circumstances (i.e., students not able to participate in regularly scheduled sessions or make-up sessions) may be completed May 25.


14 Advanced Placement (AP) exams were not scheduled when the MCAS test schedule was developed. For spring 2016, tenth graders participating in AP exams scheduled for the same dates as MCAS tests may either participate in the scheduled MCAS test session when finished with the AP exam, or participate in a make-up session as soon after the regularly administered session as possible. Principals of schools who need a different solution may contact the Department at mcas@doe.mass.edu to request an alternative testing schedule.


15 Make-up testing for students with extraordinary circumstances (i.e., students not able to participate in regularly scheduled sessions or make-up sessions) may be completed May 25.

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Date/Time16

June 2016 High School STE MCAS Tests

Before Testing

Order test materials

March 7–11

Receive test materials

May 18

Complete PCPA (Materials Received section)

Report packing discrepancies, if necessary

Order additional materials, if necessary

May 18–27, 12:00 p.m.

Test Administration

STE Session 1

(Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, Technology/Engineering)

June 1

STE Session 2

June 2

Last day for make-up testing

June 617

After Testing

Complete PCPA

Schedule UPS pickup

June 7, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for UPS pickup

June 8

16 Individual test sessions are designed to be completed in 60 minutes for high school STE. Refer to the appropriate Principal’s Administration Manual for more information, including participation guidelines and the policy for make-up testing.


17 Make-up testing for students with extraordinary circumstances (i.e., students not able to participate in regularly scheduled sessions or make-up sessions) may be completed June 7.



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Date/Time18

2016 PARCC Assessment (Grades 3–8 ELA/L and Mathematics)19
for Schools Doing Computer-based Testing (CBT) in districts administering PARCC in grades 3–8 for ELA and Mathematics

Before Testing

Receive test materials

April 11

Order additional materials, if necessary

April 11–May 1320

Install ProctorCaching software (recommended)

8–12 weeks before your school’s testing window

Conduct Infrastructure Trials (recommended)

At least 4–6 weeks before your school’s testing window

Test Administration

PARCC test sessions for schools doing CBT

April 25–June 621

After Testing

Complete Post-Test Certification Form

June 7

2016 PARCC Assessment (Grades 3–8 ELA/L and Mathematics)19
for Schools Doing Paper-based Testing (PBT) in districts administering PARCC in grades 3–8 for ELA and Mathematics

Before Testing

Receive test materials

April 11

Order additional materials, if necessary

April 11–May 1320

(May 27: Deadline for return material additional orders – e.g., return labels, boxes)

Test Administration

PARCC test sessions for schools doing PBT

April 25–May 27

After Testing

Schedule UPS pickup

June 2

Deadline for UPS pickup

June 3

Complete Post-Test Certification Form

June 7

18 The spring 2016 PARCC testing window and testing times are different from spring 2015: the two windows – the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and the End of Year (EOY) – have been consolidated into one, and the number of testing units has been reduced.


Note that PARCC test sessions (“units”) are strictly timed. In addition to the unit testing times below, schools should also plan for another 20–30 minutes (“administration time”) which includes reading instructions to students, answering their questions, distributing test materials, closing units (for CBT), and collecting test materials. More information on the PARCC testing time policies is posted online.


The PARCC ELA/L test has three separate units for each grade. Individual test units for PARCC are timed and must be completed according to the times listed below.

  • Grade 3: Unit 1: 90 minutes; Unit 2: 75 minutes; Unit 3: 90 minutes

  • Grades 4–5: Units 1, 2, and 3: 90 minutes each

  • Grades 6–8: Unit 1: 110 minutes, Unit 2: 110 minutes; Unit 3: 90 minutes


The PARCC Mathematics test has four separate units for grades 3–5, and three separate units for grades 6–8. Individual test units for PARCC are timed and must be completed according to the times listed below. Please note, the total unit testing time for Unit 1 for mathematics in grade 7 includes the time for both non-calculator and calculator sections.

  • Grades 3–5: Units 1, 2, 3, and 4: 60 minutes each

  • Grades 6–8: Units 1, 2, and 3: 80 minutes each

  • Grade 8 Algebra I (optional for grade 8 instead of grade 8 Mathematics): Units 1, 2, and 3: 90 minutes each


Even though there is no prescribed order of testing the subject areas, the Department recommends scheduling ELA/L before Mathematics.


19 PARCC testing in high school will not be offered in spring 2016.


20 Additional orders must be approved by the principal, test coordinator, superintendent, or another individual with the “Approve Additional Order Add-on Role” in PearsonAccess Next. Schools should allow a period of 5 days from the time of approval for materials to arrive.


21 CBT schools that have any students doing paper-based testing for accommodations/accessibility reasons must complete this paper-based testing by the end of the PBT testing window (May 27).