MCAS Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a passing score on the MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, and one of the Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) tests (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, and Technology/Engineering) to meet their CD requirement (exceptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are noted below).

Because of the transition to the next-generation MCAS tests, there are currently different CD requirements depending on the student's initial graduating class, as shown in the table below. Requirements for the classes of 2021 – 2023 reflect an interim passing standard for ELA and Mathematics defining a level of achievement on the new tests that is similar to the standard on the legacy tests. Information on future classes will be provided at a later time. Note that students in the classes of 2021 – 2023 may be in the "Not Meeting Expectations" level (440–469) but still earn their CD.

Students may fulfill the CD requirements through the standard MCAS tests or by submitting an MCAS competency portfolio. Students who do not pass the MCAS tests in grade 10 may take retests according to these participation guidelines in grades 11 and 12 and beyond. Retests in 2020-21 are reported on the legacy scale (200–280).

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to adopt temporary modifications to CD requirements due to statewide school closures in spring 2020 for COVID-19. These modifications are shown in the table below.

 CLASSES OF 2021 - 2023

SUBJECT OPTION 1 OPTION 2
ELA Earn a score of 472 or higher

Earn a score between 455 and 471 and Fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan

MATH Earn a score of 486 or higher

Earn a score between 469 and 485
and Fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan

 CLASSES OF 2021 - 2023

Subject  option 1 option 2 *CLass of 2024
STE Earn a score of 220 or higher (for students who took an STE test in February 2020 or earlier) Successful completion of a relevant high school course (Refer to the May 26 Update, provided above, for details.) Earn a score of 220 or higher

MCAS graduation requirements reflect current state requirements and will be updated whenever there are updates from the state.