For teachers in Massachusetts: Special Education MCAS accommodations
And Supplemental Reference Sheets, for use by students with disabilities.
The approved graphic organizers, checklists, and supplemental reference sheets listed in the table below are for use by students with disabilities who have this MCAS accommodation (A9 from the Accessibility and Accommodations Manual for the 2018–2019 MCAS Tests/Retests) listed in their IEPs or 504 plans.
The Department encourages schools to familiarize students with these tools, since students should be comfortable using their graphic organizer or reference sheet during MCAS testing.
Only the approved organizers and supplemental reference sheets listed below may be used for next-generation ELA and Mathematics MCAS testing and text or graphics may not be added. It is permissible to remove selected text or graphics.
The sample Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) reference sheets listed below may be used as is, or may be used with selected text and graphics removed; however, additional Department approval is required if any text or graphics are added, or if a different reference sheet is created.
|Approved Supplemental Mathematics
|MCAS Grades 3 and 4: Short Response Questions||MCAS Grade 3||MCAS Grade 5|
|MCAS Grades 3-4: Essay||MCAS Grade 4||MCAS Grade 8|
|MCAS Grades 3-4: Story||MCAS Grade 5||MCAS High School Biology|
|MCAS Grades 5: Essay||MCAS Grade 4||MCAS High School Physics|
|MCAS Grades 5: Narrative||MCAS Grade 5|
|MCAS Grades 6-8: Essay||MCAS Grade 6|
|MCAS Grades 6-8: Narrative||MCAS Grade 7|
|MCAS Grade 10: Essay||MCAS Grade 8|
|MCAS Grade 10: Narrative||MCAS Grade 10|
Note: If you have a problem printing a graphic organizer please call Student Assessment at 781-338-3625.
MCAS Test accommodations
Here are both the standard and non-standard MCAS test accommodations. The IEP team should work with the parent to set up accommodations that best fits the student’s needs.
MCAS is designed to measure a student’s knowledge of key concepts and skills outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
A small number of students with the most significant disabilities who are unable to take the standard MCAS tests even with accommodations participate in the MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt).
MCAS-Alt consists of a portfolio of specific materials collected annually by the teacher and student.
Here are some samples of alternate assessments, and how teachers would grade them:
Evidence for the portfolio may include work samples, instructional data, videotapes, and other supporting information.
- Commissioner’s Memo: Information and Resources for MCAS-Alt and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- Learn about the MCAS-Alt. View an overview and frequently asked questions.
- Access resources for conducting MCAS-Alt and on upcoming training sessions, including MCAS-Alt Newsletters, the Resource Guide, Educator’s Manual, MCAS-Alt Forms and Graphs, and registration information.
- See sample portfolio strands from students’ MCAS-Alt portfolios.
- Find information on scoring portfolios and view reports of results. Also view information on the MCAS-Alt score appeals process.