Information on the MCAS – Alts –

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Test Accommodations presented by Dr Wai, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development and Ildefonso Arellano, Assistant Director of Special Education PARCC and Accommodations presentation 2014 and PARCC Minutes of Meeting

Additional Information for Students on a 504 or IEP

PARCC Accessibility Accommodations

PARCC Accommodations Manual Third Edition

Online Resources


Pre-Approved Graphic Organizers and Supplemental Reference Sheets now available for use on MCAS Grades 38 tests by Students with Disabilities

New ELA graphic organizers and mathematics and science and technology/engineering reference sheets have been developed by the Department for use by students with disabilities who are participating in spring 2017 “next-generation” MCAS tests in grades 38. These are based on the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and on the knowledge and skills being tested by the “next-generation” MCAS tests. Students who use these tools for MCAS testing must have accommodation A9 (from the Accessibility and Accommodations Manual for the Spring 2017 MCAS Grades 3-8 Tests) listed in their IEPs or 504 plans. These pre-approved graphic organizers and reference sheets may not be altered for use on spring 2017 MCAS tests and replace similar individualized tools that had been submitted in prior years for the Department’s approval.


Students with disabilities in high school whose IEPs or 504 plans list MCAS Accommodation 20 may continue to submit individualized graphic organizers, checklists, and reference sheets for Department approval using the High School MCAS Accommodation 20 Cover Sheet.