April 29, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians:
On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4th and June 5th, students currently enrolled in Biology (primarily grade 9) will take the Biology portion of the MCAS* Exam in the morning. For students taking the exam, a free breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Buses will run at the usual times. The MCAS test session will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students not taking the exam (primarily grades 10 and 11) must report to their first class of the day by 10:38 a.m.
Given the high-stakes nature of the MCAS, the State Department of Education requires that we provide students with an extremely strict testing environment. For students this means:
- Head phones, iPods, or electronic devices may not be used at any time during the testing period. All cell phones will be collected by test proctors before the start of the exam and returned to the student at the end of the exam period. No exceptions. Students may bring books and school work to do should they complete the exam prior to the end of the testing period.
- Students must be in their assigned exam room on time.
You can help your son or daughter prepare for the MCAS exam by reinforcing the importance of:
- Giving your best effort on each test question
- Being on time
- Getting a good night’s sleep and eating breakfast
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
John M. Harrison
(*) Massachusetts requires all high school students to pass a series of standardized tests in English, Math and Science as a condition of graduation. In both English and Language Arts, students must meet or exceed the Proficient scaled score of 240 on the 10th grade MCAS tests, or meet or exceed the Needs Improvement scaled score of 220 on the tests and fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan. In Science, students must score at least a scaled score of 220 on one of the Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering MCAS tests.