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Frequently asked questions about Next Generation Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

This page answers frequently asked questions about Next Generation Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) by Teachers, Parents and Students

What is the assessment conducted at the end of the year in Massachusetts State called?
What was the earlier assessment conducted before the introduction of Next Generation MCAS?
On which standards are the Next Generation MCAS assessments based?
When did Massachusetts incorporate Next Generation MCAS as a form of the end of the year assessment?
What is the Next Generation MCAS testing window for 2018?
How many sessions are there for each Next Generation MCAS test?
What is the duration of Next Generation MCAS test?
What are the question types in Next Generation MCAS test?
How are the performance levels assessed in Next Generation MCAS?
What is the calculator policy for Next Generation MCAS test?
How will StepUp® help my child prepare for Next Generation MCAS test?
What are the resources available to help prepare my child for Next Generation MCAS Test?

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What is the assessment conducted at the end of the year in Massachusetts State called?

The assessment conducted at the end of the year in Massachusetts State is called Next Generation Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).

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What was the earlier assessment conducted before the introduction of Next Generation MCAS?

Before Next Generation MCAS test was introduced, which is a computer based testing, MCAS, paper based test was conducted.

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On which standards are the Next Generation MCAS assessments based?

The Next Generation MCAS is based on Massachusetts curriculum framework.

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When did Massachusetts incorporate Next Generation MCAS as a form of the end of the year assessment?

The MCAS was started in the year 1998, but the computerised version known as Next Generation MCAS was proposed in 2015.
The students will take the Next Generation MCAS from 2017 Spring onwards and will be fully implemented by 2018.

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What is the Next Generation MCAS testing window for 2018?

The test window for Next Generation MCAS for the year 2018 is as follows:

ELA Tests schedule for 2018: April 2 to May 4, 2018
Math Test schedule for 2018: April 3 to May 25, 2018

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How many sessions are there for each Next Generation MCAS test?

There are 2 Sessions in Next Generation MCAS Test in both ELA and Math.

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What is the duration of Next Generation MCAS test?

Each session of the Next Generation MCAS ELA test is for 2 hours and each session of the Math test is 1 ½ hours.

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What are the question types in Next Generation MCAS test?

The question types in Next Generation MCAS ELA Test include

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Multiple select
  • EBSR questions (Part A/ Part B Type)
  • Technology enhanced questions such as hot text, drag and drop, etc
  • Short response (or constructed response)
  • Narrative and text based essays.
  • The question types in Next Generation MCAS Math Test include

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Multiple select
  • EBSR questions (Part A/ Part B Type)
  • Technology enhanced questions such as hot text, drag and drop, etc
  • Short response/ Fill in the blank/ Numeric
  • Constructed response.
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    How are the performance levels assessed in Next Generation MCAS?

    The performance levels for Next Generation MCAS are:

  • Not meeting expectations
  • Partially meeting expectations
  • Meeting Expectations
  • Exceeding expectations
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    What is the calculator policy for Next Generation MCAS test?

    Math tests for Grade 3 to 6 do not allow calculators.
    For Grade 7 and 8 – Calculators are not allowed for session 1 but allowed for session 2.

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    How will StepUp® help my child prepare for Next Generation MCAS test?

    The Lumos StepUp® provides
    (a) Online access to TWO Full-length Next Generation MCAS Practice Tests .
    (b) Workbooks to practice 30+ Math and 40+ ELA skills.
    (c) Access to parent and student portals.
    (d) Access to Teacher portal.
    (e) Easy-to-use, advanced and real-time reports to help you identify areas of weakness and tailor personalized learning plans for your student.
    (f) Student-centric approach, combined with instant feedback boosts student confidence and improves learning outcomes.
    (g) StepUp® program can be accessed through a number of devices that include, PC, tablet and smartphones and it is available 24×7. This convenience helps enabling anywhere learning.

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    What are the resources available to help prepare my child for Next Generation MCAS Test?

    In addition to the Lumos StepUp® program benefits, you can also access Free Sample questions on Lumos Learning site by clicking here

    Further, you can get more information about Next Generation MCAS tests and view sample papers at

    http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/nextgen/resources.html

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