What subjects are tested? 1
What types of questions are used? 1
Short written response
Extended written response
How are test results used? 1
High school graduation (exit requirement) (in the future)
Improvement of instruction
School performance reporting
Warnings to schools
Schools placed on probation or watch lists
What tests are used? 1
Reading assessment (grade 3)
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (grades 4, 8, 10)
Are students with disabilities exempt?
No students are exempt.
In the future, a small percentage of students may take alternate assessments, as recommended by IEP team.
What accommodations are available so
that students with disabilities can participate? 2
List of accommodations approved by state Department of Education.
Other accommodations available provided they are consistent with classroom instruction, as
recommended by IEP team.
How are scores of students with disabilities
Reading assessment - School, district, and statewide reports both combine ("aggregate") and separate ("disaggregate") scores of students with and without disabilities.
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System - not yet decided.
1 Source: PEER Project Survey to expand and update information from Annual Survey of State Student Assessment Programs: Data on 1995-96 Statewide Student Assessment Programs. (Fall 1996). Council of Chief State School Officers.
2 Source: PEER Project review of state policy documents. Documents provided by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). Information confirmed and updated by the PEER Project through direct communication with state officials.
3 NOTE: The IDEA Amendments of 1997 require that all students be included in statewide assessments.
Massachusetts Parent Centers on Disability
Federation for Children with Special Needs
95 Berkeley St., Suite 104
Boston, MA 02116
617-482-2915 Voice and TTY
1-800-331-0688 in MA
Contact: Richard J. Robison
202 Lake Street
P.O. Box 4081
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Contact: Carol Kennedy
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