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Are your child's lower MCAS scores a cause for worry?

Results are in for last spring's MCAS tests and students in grades 3 through 8 are still struggling to meet or exceed expectations in English and Math. It was the second year these students took a revised test, referred to as the Next-Gen MCAS. Students in upper grades took the traditional, or legacy, MCAS and an overwhelming majority on Cape met state standards for graduation. The Next-Gen MCAS was intended to focus on critical thinking, application of knowledge and making connections between reading and writing. Scores fell in 2017, and minimal if any improvements were made in the most recent testing, taken in the spring of 2018. For that test, Cape Cod students achieved between 40 to 50 p