March MCAS Testing

March MCAS Testing

During the second half of March, students in grades 3-8 will participate in MCAS testing for English Language Arts (ELA).  Students in these grades will have two sessions of testing on Reading Comprehension.  In addition, students in Gr. 4 and 7 will participate in a Long Composition test.   Testing in Mathematics and Science will occur in May.

The MCAS ELA schedule is as follows:

  • Grades 3 & 5: March 17 & 19
  • Grades 4 & 7: March 18 (Long Composition) and March 24 & 25
  • Grades 6 & 8:  March 20 & 21

The ELA test consists of reading passages representing different genres.   Students respond to two types of questions:  multiple choice questions and open response questions (written paragraphs worth 4 points each). Students in third grade also have short answer questions worth 2 points.   Students in fourth and seventh grade write a long composition (rough draft and final draft all in one day). Sample questions can be found on the Massachusetts DESE website at:

Teachers prepare students for the testing by reviewing test-taking strategies and working with sample questions. A particular emphasis is placed on learning how to write a complete open response question.  If you have questions about MCAS testing, you may contact your child’s teachers, Monica Crowley or me.

PARCC Field Test

All Lawrence third grade students will participate in a state-mandated field test of PARCC, a new multi-state assessment based on the Common Core Standards. Our students will be taking the Mathematics portion of PARCC, which includes a two-session Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) in late March or early April and a two-sessions End of Year (EOY) assessment in May.  Exact dates for PARCC will be announced shortly.  Please note that our third grade students will be exempt from taking the mathematics MCAS in May.

Rick Rogers

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