Parents: Boston Public Schools Grade 3

Testing Schedule

This schedule for MCAS, Aprenda 2, and Stanford 9 exams is from the Boston Public Schools. Please note this schedule is subject to change.

Grade 3 Assessments for 2004-2005

Sept. or Oct. Stanford 9 (English) or Aprenda 2 (Spanish) for AWC eligibility
March/April MCAS: Reading

Throughout the school year, teachers test, or assess, students on what they have learned and what they can do. Assessment includes traditional paper-and-pencil tests, oral and written reports, performances, and projects.

The MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) is required in every Massachusetts public school district. Students in grades 3-10 take the MCAS, but only grade 10 takes all five MCAS tests: English Language Arts (reading), writing, math, science, and social studies. Starting this year, students must pass the grade 10 MCAS in English Language Arts and mathematics to graduate from high school. Students who don't pass in grade 10 can retake it up to four times in grades 11-12.

In addition, the BPS uses a variety of reading and math tests to help schools decide whether or not students need extra academic support, will be promoted, or must attend the Summer Transition Program. Students in grades 3-5 take Stanford 9 achievement tests in reading and math in the fall to determine whether or not they are eligible for Advanced Work Class (AWC) in grades 4-6. Stanford 9 tests are used by school districts all over the U.S.

In place of Stanford 9, students enrolled in bilingual programs may choose to take Aprenda 2, an achievement test entirely in Spanish. For information on your child's performance, ask the principal. For general questions about assessment, call the BPS Office of Research, Assessment and Evaluation at 617-635-9450. Also note the DOE provides a detailed MCAS schedule on its web site.