A message from the
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education

September 15, 2021
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News from DESE Student Assessment Services

For All Schools

As we prepare to publicly release 2021 MCAS results on Tuesday, September 21, we wanted to make you aware of the following:
Official Embargoed MCAS Data Files Available Wednesday, September 15; Edwin Reports Available Friday, September 17
On Wednesday, September 15, schools and districts will have access to official embargoed .CSV data files for all assessed grades from the spring 2021 MCAS tests in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science and technology/engineering (STE). The following data files will be available in DropBox Central in the Department's Security Portal:
  • grades 3–8 and 10 next-generation ELA and mathematics
  • grades 5 and 8 next-generation STE
  • legacy high school ELA and mathematics (taken by students in grades 11 and 12 who chose to do so to potentially qualify for an Adams scholarship)
  • high school STE tests in biology, chemistry, introductory physics, and technology/engineering (legacy tests taken by ninth graders)
Official embargoed results in Edwin Analytics, also located on the Security Portal, are scheduled to be available on Friday, September 17. The results have been updated to address discrepancies that DESE confirmed and resolved during the August 10–13 discrepancy reporting window. School and district staff who submitted a discrepancy may view the status of their request on the Discrepancy Reporting site at Grade 8 STE results for students who tested remotely are under review and are not included in this release; more information will be provided in the future.

MCAS 2021 Reporting Information Sessions on September 17 
The Department will hold two reporting information sessions about the release of 2021 MCAS results for superintendents, principals and other school-level staff on Friday, September 17. The first session will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m., and the second session will be from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Both will cover the same material, including a summary of state-level MCAS results; a review of high school Competency Determination requirements for students in the classes of 2022 and 2023; and a review of the updated 2021 grades 3–8 Parent/Guardian Report. Please register here for one of the sessions.
Please remember that all data are embargoed until the official public release of results, which is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, September 21. Until that time, districts and schools are encouraged to use the data for educational planning purposes but not for public discussion.
MCAS Service Center
for logistical support, including tech support for PearsonAccess Next and TestNav

Phone: 800-737-5103
Student Assessment Services
for policy questions, including student participation

Phone: 781-338-3625
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