This spring, all Wachusett students in grades 3 through 8 will take the online version of the Next Generation MCAS. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has been working on a revised assessment for the past several years, with many schools piloting questions both online and with the traditional paper and pencil method. DESE has updated the standards associated with student outcomes and the new assessment will better align with those standards. College and career readiness remains at the forefront of DESE's decision to better define areas of importance associated with student learning.
Thus far, our students have had minimal issues associated with the online version of the assessment. We will continue to monitor the assessment and report any issues that we encounter to DESE.