About the test
In 2014-2015 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in English Language Arts, grades 5 and 8 in Math, and grade 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. As part of the state's two-year test drive of PARCC, districts chose whether to give PARCC or MCAS in Spring 2015, with the exception of the 10th grade MCAS, which remains a graduation requirement through at least the class of 2019 and was administered in all high schools.