The testing schedules for MCAS are posted on the Department of Education web site at www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/cal.html. Please make note of updates that have been made to the testing schedules since they were originally posted.
MCAS ALTERNATE ASSESSMENT (MCAS-ALT)
MCAS is designed to measure a student's knowledge of key concepts and skills outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. A small number of students with the most significant disabilities who are unable to take the standard MCAS tests even with accommodations participate in the MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt). MCAS-Alt consists of a portfolio of specific materials collected annually by the teacher and student. Evidence for the portfolio may include work samples, instructional data, videotapes, and other supporting information.