About the Test
The MCAP English Language Arts and Literacy assessments focus on the content outlined in the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards for each grade level. Students read literary and informational passages and engage in multi-media such as video or audio pieces. Students demonstrate their reading comprehension and literacy skills through responding to text-based questions and writing prompts. At the early grades, students also demonstrate their literacy skills through a variety of oral response methods.
The MCAP K-2 English Language Arts and Literacy diagnostic assessments will be made available for administration in the fall of grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 on content from the previous year of instruction. As an additional part of the MCAP K-2 assessment system, the
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
(KRA) is administered at the beginning of kindergarten.
Grades 3-8, and 10
For students in grades 3 through 8, the assessments are administered toward the end of the school year. Assessments in grade 10 are administered after a student has completed most of the required course.
Text Complexity Analysis Tools
Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)
Test Preparation and Practice
Additional Resources and Information
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