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I am writing to share information with you about the spring 2021 MCAS testing schedule for your child.
MCAS tests are required by state and federal law and are an important tool to promote student success and educational equity.
High school students in the class of 2023 (10th graders) must take and pass the MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics to earn a high school diploma, in addition to meeting local requirements. Students in the class of 2024 (9th graders) will take tests in ELA and mathematics next year, and they are also required to take and pass a test in science and technology/engineering (they will take the science test this year or next). Students will have opportunities to retest if they do not pass.
The high school MCAS tests also provide the opportunity for students to qualify for several state awards. These include the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery. Students in the class of 2022 (11th graders) are not required to participate in MCAS testing this spring, but they can choose to do so to qualify for these awards. They may also choose to wait until the next testing opportunity in fall 2021 to take the tests and attempt to qualify at that time.
In addition, MCAS test results will:
give information about areas of learning that have been most impacted by the pandemic,
provide important data on which students, schools, and districts have been most affected by pandemic-related changes in schooling, and
improve understanding of your child’s knowledge and skills in relation to the state’s learning standards, so that we can provide the best system of support and instruction in future years.
Tests for Grade 10 and 11 (if you chose to take it) will be administered the week of May 17.
The test for Grade 9 Biology students will be administered on June 7 and 8.
The Malden High School community believes in the potential of all students to learn, to grow, and to become active, conscientious participants in the 21st century global society. We believe that students learn most effectively in a safe, respectful environment that encourages diverse viewpoints, promotes critical thinking and perseverance, and establishes rigorous standards for all. We honor the diverse nature of our community, promote social awareness and community involvement, and strive to meet the needs of all students through innovative methods and continual professional development. We are committed to ensuring that Malden High School graduates are thoughtful, independent, purpose driven, lifelong learners. We seek to equip all students with the skills and habits necessary to successfully navigate and contribute to our everchanging world.