Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


The MCAS is a criterion-based achievement test created by the state of Massachusetts to measure public school students' mastery of the academic materials in the Curriculum Frameworks. Previous WPI students' studies of urban public high school students found that scores on the pilot MCAS correlated strongly to scores on the SAT, an aptitude test, and that both tests were biased towards certain MBTI types. Beginning with the Class of 2003, public high school sophomores are required to pass the MCAS to graduate. This study showed that the prior findings for the experimental test were also true for the official test taken by the Class of 2003. It also found that the SAT was equal to or greater than grades in magnitude of correlation with the MCAS. Further research should be conducted to study this important issue.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies