Message from Principal Smith: MCAS Schedule for Students

Message from Principal Smith: MCAS Schedule for Students
Posted on 03/15/2019
Dear CRLS Families and Caregivers,

This spring, your child will participate in MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. In addition to meeting CRLS graduation requirements, all students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must pass the English Language Arts, Math and Science MCAS tests to earn a high school diploma. This year the MCAS English Language Arts and Math test will be administered on-line at the high school level; therefore, changes have been made to the testing schedule to accommodate this new format.

The MCAS tests in English Language Arts will be administered on Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th. The MCAS tests in Mathematics will be given on Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd. It is important that your son or daughter attend school and arrive on time every day during MCAS testing. If absent, only students with a note from a licensed physician documenting their illness will be permitted to attend the designated make up days. Make up days for the ELA tests will be on Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th and Math will be on held on Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th.

Students will use their school issued Chromebook to take the MCAS tests. Students should plan to bring their Chromebook, fully charged, to school every testing day. Students will be given as much time as needed to complete all sections of the test on each day, however, they must finish the test by the end of the school day. Testing will occur each day from 8:05AM-12:35PM. All students will remain in their testing rooms until 12:35PM and should bring a book with them in the event they finish the test early. Lunch will be served at 12:35PM and 10th grade students will be dismissed at that time. Students requiring additional time will be permitted to eat in their testing room and have until 2:30PM to complete the day’s session.

All students will be asked to hand the teacher administering the tests their cell phone and any other electronic equipment such as IPods, IPads, tablets, and smart watches before they are allowed to take the test. If a student is found with a cell phone or other electronic equipment during the test, the test will be invalidated and the student will have to take the test again as a junior.

Please encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep every night prior to a test, and to eat a good breakfast before school. Students will be given a snack during the morning, but they should bring lunch from home on test days because they are not permitted to leave the testing room until they have completed the test.

The dates and schedule for MCAS testing days are included on the reverse side of this letter. If you would like any further information about these tests, please feel free to contact your child’s Learning Community Dean or Guidance Counselor. Working together, I know we can help every child be successful in meeting the MCAS graduation requirement.


Damon Smith & Robert Tynes

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