January 21, 2022
Dear Sophomore Families,
The purpose of this letter is to provide the BVT families of sophomores with information about the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics MCAS exams scheduled to occur in March and May, respectively.
The ELA MCAS primary testing window is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22nd and Wednesday, March 23rd. In the event of extreme weather or other unexpected circumstances, the testing would move to Wednesday, March 24th and Friday, March 25th.
The Mathematics MCAS primary testing window is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th and Wednesday, May 18th. In the event of extreme weather or other unexpected circumstances, the testing would move to Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th.
Please avoid scheduling appointments or other matters that would prevent your student from attending school during any of the MCAS dates in March and May. Students will need to be present on the scheduled test days to ensure an optimal testing experience.
The MCAS ELA and Mathematics exams for Grade 10 will be administered on computers utilizing the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education’s Computer-Based Testing platform. Students will participate in a tutorial on the online testing platform during Career Enrichment classes the week of February 7th. These tutorials will allow students to become familiar with the tools available to them as well as how to navigate through the test.
Join Our MCAS Boot Camp
Beginning on Tuesday, February 1st, students will be able to go to formal ELA MCAS review sessions led by our English teachers after school. These sessions will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February. Students may see their English teacher for more information and a schedule.
Beginning in April, students will be able to go to formal Mathematics MCAS review sessions led by our Math teachers after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The math review schedule will be released in March. Students may see their individual Math teacher for more information and a schedule.
On the testing days, students will be provided a breakfast courtesy of BVT before the exam begins. Students must have their Valley Tech student ID on their person for the duration of the testing. Most importantly, students must make sure they bring their BVT-issued laptop to their testing rooms fully charged.
MCAS prohibited items like cell phones and other devices that provide access to the internet are not allowed in the testing rooms. Students who are taking the MCAS must leave their cell phones and other internet-accessible electronic devices in their locked lockers or at home on the days of the exam. Unauthorized electronic devices found in the testing room must be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education; the Department reserves the right to invalidate testing results for individuals and/or groups if irregularities such as electronic devices in the testing areas occur.
Additional links to MCAS practice tests, resources, and general information can be found under the Assessments section of our website. We will continue to work hard to prepare our sophomores for the English Language Arts MCAS exam occurring in March and the Mathematics MCAS exam occurring in May. Please contact me or our Assessment Coordinator, Stephen Grabowski, with any questions.
Information regarding the Science MCAS in June 2022 will be delivered in a separate correspondence to the families of students who will be taking the science exam.
Professionally,Edward Evans, IIIAcademic Curriculum Coordinator