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Special Education MCAS accommodations

For teachers in Massachusetts: Special Education MCAS accommodations

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Graphic Organizers, Checklists

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 ELA
Graphic Organizers
Approved Supplemental Mathematics
Reference Sheets
Sample STE
Reference Sheets
Download Word Document  MCAS Grades 3 and 4: Short Response Questions Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 3 Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 5
Download Word Document  MCAS Grades 3-4: Essay Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 4 Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 8
Download Word Document  MCAS Grades 3-4: Story Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 5 Download Word Document  MCAS High School Biology
Download Word Document  MCAS Grades 5: Essay Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 4 Download Word Document  MCAS High School Physics
Download Word Document  MCAS Grades 5: Narrative Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 5
Download Word Document  MCAS Grades 6-8: Essay Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 6
Download Word Document  MCAS Grades 6-8: Narrative Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 7
Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 10: Essay Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 8
Download Word Document  MCAS Grade 10: Narrative Download Word Document  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 test accommodations for students with disabilities

 

MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt)

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.

Samples!

Here are some samples of alternate assessments, and how teachers would grade them:

Examples of MCAS Alternate Assessment

Evidence for the portfolio may include work samples, instructional data, videotapes, and other supporting information.

Last Updated: March 22, 2017

 

 

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Organic molecule models

At Seaport Academy, science education isn’t about drills and worksheets. We motivate students with hands-on activities, interactive apps, three dimensional animations, connections to the world around then, and labs.

Here we’re learning about organic molecules by building three dimensional models, and using magnetic board manipulatives.

Building molecules kit

Our smartboard is also a magnetic workspace.

Building organic molecules on board

Learning Standards

2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework

HS-LS1-6. Construct an explanation based on evidence that organic molecules are primarily composed of six elements, where carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms may combine with nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus to form monomers that can further combine to form large carbon-based macromolecules.
• Monomers include amino acids, mono- and disaccharides, nucleotides, and fatty acids.
• Organic macromolecules include proteins, carbohydrates (polysaccharides), nucleic acids, and lipids.