MCAS Testing Requirements and

All students must pass Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science to receive a diploma from a Massachusetts public high school. WRHS students take the ELA and Mathematics MCAS tests in spring of the 10th grade. WRHS students take a science MCAS test in June of the 9th grade. Most WRHS freshmen will take the Physics MCAS test; others will take either Technology/Engineering or Biology, depending on the science class they take.

Department of Education MCAS Parent Guide

2019-20 MCAS Tests

The next MCAS tests of the 2019-20 school year are the MCAS June Science tests scheduled for June 4 and 5. In addition to these regular, paper-based science tests, we will conduct a DESE-mandated field test in Biology and Physics June 6. Only freshmen who take the regular MCAS Biology or Physics tests will participate in the field test. These students must bring their fully charged  Chromebooks to the field test June 6.

Help sessions for the MCAS science tests will be held after school on the following dates:

Technology help sessions in room D113

  • April 29 - Engineering Design/Const. Tech
  • May 1 - Fluid Systems
  • May 6 - Thermal Systems
  • May 8 - Electrical Systems
  • May 29 - Communication Technologies
  • May 30 - Manufacturing Technologies

Biology help sessions in room D108

  • May 7 - Biochemistry
  • May 9 - Cell Biology
  • May 16 - Evolution
  • May 21 - Ecology
  • May 23 - Anatomy and Physiology
  • May 28 - Genetics

Physics help sessions in room D115

  • May 7 - Motion
  • May 9 - Newton's Laws
  • May 14 - Momentum
  • May 16 - Energy
  • May 21 - Waves and Heat
  • May 23 - Electricity and Magnetism

The complete MCAS Testing Schedule lists all Massachusetts standardized tests for the 2018-2019 school year.

Students who do not pass an MCAS test, who miss a regularly scheduled MCAS test, or who transfer to WRHS without having passed the required high school MCAS tests, must take an ELA or Mathematics retest. ELA and Mathematics retests are given in late fall and early spring. There are no retests in science; students must pass a regularly scheduled MCAS science test in February or June.

Preparing for the MCAS tests and retests: Students wishing to prepare for MCAS tests should use the links below to access released MCAS tests and model student responses. These tests, which contain answer keys, will give students a good sense of the types of questions and the type of material to be found on each subject area MCAS test.

MCAS Math Help Videos: Typical MCAS Math problems are reviewed in this series of MCAS videos created by WRHS department head Chris Brewer. Students should review these short videos for help with basic mathematical concepts.

* The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has not released any questions from the 2016 through 2018 high school Technology/Engineering tests.
** The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has not released any questions from the 2014 through 2018 high school Chemistry tests.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education MCAS website offers more information about the state's testing requirements and has resources to help students prepare. Among these resources are MCAS tests from previous years.

Pre-Approved Graphic Organizers: The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved several graphic organizers for special education students who receive accommodation 20 on MCAS tests. Those organizers are listed below. For more information on who may use these organizers, visit the Massachusetts DESE website.

Educational Proficiency Plans

Federal law requires that all students display proficiency in math and English. On the MCAS tests, students show proficiency with a score of 240 or above. For students who score between 220 and 238 (in the Needs Improvement category) on the MCAS, the school will develop an Educational Proficiency Plan.

Students on an EPP must complete certain requirements in order to display proficiency. First, students may show proficiency by attaining a score of 240 or above on EPP assessments given in the spring. Students who do not "test off" their EPP must fulfill the requirements outlined on their EPP. Acceptable EPP assessments are the ELA MCAS retest in March and a Math EPP assessment administered in late April to early May.

The EPP in both math and English will contain three things: a listing of the student's strengths and weaknesses as shown on the MCAS test; a list of the courses the student will take during his remaining time at WRHS; and a list of the common assessments he will take.

The student will have shown proficiency by successfully completing the required coursework and the common assessments as outlined on his EPP.

More information on EPPs can be found at the Massachusetts DESE Educational Proficiency Plans page.