History of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

The tests were first administered in May, 1998, to students in grades 4, 8, and 10. In 2001, the tests were then administered to students in all grades from 3rd to 7th and 10th grade. Beginning with the class of 2003, successful completion of the mathematics and English portions of the MCAS was required before a student could graduate. Beginning with the class of 2010, passing one of four science exams (biology, chemistry, introductory physics or technology/engineering) will become a graduation requirement.