PARCC and MCAS Information

PARCC and MCAS Information
Changes State Assessments

State standardized testing has been part of our school years for almost twenty years!  Each year, students in grades 3-8 and 10 have participated in these tests.  After many years using the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), the state is piloting a new assessment tool called Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

As a result, students at the Altavesta Elementary School, and all Woburn Public Schools will take exams this year as follows:

     Students in grades 3-8 will take part in the PARCC English Language Arts/Math

     Students in grades 5 and 8 will take part in MCAS Science

     Students in grade 10 will have not changes to their testing

     Special Needs Students who require the test will take the MCAS-Alternate exam

The PARCC assessment will be a computer-based assessment if it is adopted by the state.  At this time, Altavesta students will be taking a paper-based version of the assessment.

Some differences between the two assessments include: PARCC is a timed test while MCAS is untimed.  PARCC does not allow individual graphic organizers or reference sheets, but PARCC does offer some accommodations for all students.  PARCC will have a March and May assessment period.  March 23rd - April 6th for the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and May 11th- May22nd for the End of Year Assessment (EOY).

As we have done in the past, Teachers will work with PARCC sample test questions so students become familiar with the format of the exam.  A specific test schedule will be sent home prior to each testing period.