MCAS Update- Class of 2022

Dear Members of the Class of 2022 and Families,
Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to modify the Competency Determination for all high school juniors so that they are no longer required to take the ELA and Mathematics MCAS to earn a high school diploma.  This is great news for our current juniors. 
However, some juniors may still want to take those MCAS exams for one of these two reasons:
1.) The DESE will still use the ELA and Mathematics MCAS exams to identify students qualifying for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, which offers free in-state college tuition for all recipients. The qualifications for this scholarship can be found here, but some of the key points are as follows:
  • Students must score in the Advanced category on one of three high school state assessment tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics or Technology/Engineering)
  • Students must score in the Proficient or Advanced category on the remaining two high school state assessment tests
  • Students must have a combined MCAS score on these assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district.
2.) Last week over 40 students took the Seal of Biliteracy Exam, a distinction awarded to students that have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by their high school graduation. Earning a score of Proficient or higher on the ELA MCAS is required to earn the Seal of Biliteracy in Massachusetts. 
If you feel that your child should take the Mathematics (May 18-19) and/or ELA (May 26, 27, 28) MCAS exams for one of the two reasons stated above, please have him or her complete this Google Form by Wednesday, May 5.  
Thank you.  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.