Middle School Assessments
In Middle School, students take one assessment, per quarter in the following courses.
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- World Languages (Level I and above)
Each quarterly assessment is worth 5% of 6th and 7th grade students' quarter grade and 10% of 8th grade students' quarter grade. In ELA, Science, For quarterly assessments in ELA, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages there are two collaboratively created district assessments and two individual teacher or school-based team assessments. In mathematics, there are four collaboratively created district assessments that are used as the quarterly assessments.
In addition to district assessments, students will also take the MCAP Assessment in literacy and mathematics, the Gates MacGinitie Test in Reading, and the MISA Assessment in science. The results of MCAP, Gates, and MISA do not affect a student's grade.
Students who are taking high school credit courses while in Middle School will be required to complete the corresponding high school assessments (see High School site for list of assessments for each course).
Assessment Schedule for AACPS District Created/Selected Assessments
To see the Grades 6-8 AACPS District-Created/Selected Assessment Fact Sheet, click here. Please note that this fact sheet only includes AACPS Created Assessments. For quarters where there is not an AACPS District-Created assessment, teachers work with content teams to create the assessments. All students in ELA, mathematics, science, social studies, and world and classical languages take a quarterly assessment in each course, each quarter.
To see the 6-8 AACPS Assessment Calendar, click here. Please note that the calendar provides a WINDOW of dates. Each school/teacher selects dates within the windows. Contact your child's school directly for the specific dates.
Depending upon the student's plan (IEP, 504, EL), the appropriate accommodations found in Section 5 of the Maryland Accommodations Manual and accommodations found in the MCAP Accommodations Manual are made available to each student when appropriate for assessments.