Principal's Certification of Proper Test Administration
Spring 2017 MCAS

Dear Principals and Directors of Charter Schools, Approved Private Special Education Schools, Educational Collaboratives, Special Education in Institutional Settings, and Alternative Adult/External Diploma Programs:

The purpose of this website is for the principal to do the following.

  1. Certify that the quantity of materials received is accurate
  2. Enter the quantity of materials being returned
  3. Certify that your school administered the MCAS tests according to student participation and test security requirements described in the Principal's Administration Manual

Note that the PCPA may not be completed by a designee.

In order to maintain a standard test administration and reporting schedule across all schools, this form must be completed for each test administration according to the dates listed in the table below.

Test AdministrationDeadline to Complete the PCPA BEFORE TestingDeadline to Complete the PCPA AFTER Testing
March 2017 MCAS ELA and Mathematics Retests12:00 p.m., February 273:00 p.m., March 9
Spring 2017 MCAS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics and Grades 5 and 8 Science and Tech/Eng12:00 p.m., March 303:00 p.m., May 4 for ELA
3:00 p.m., May 30 for Math and STE
Spring 2017 MCAS Grade 10 English Language Arts12:00 p.m., March 173:00 p.m., April 4
MCAS Alternate Assessment12:00 p.m., March 233:00 p.m., March 30
May 2017 MCAS Grade 10 Mathematics12:00 p.m., May 123:00 p.m., May 24
June 2017 MCAS High School Science and Tech/Eng12:00 p.m., June 13:00 p.m., June 9


  • The principal must complete the PCPA and certify the information submitted on this form.
  • To begin, select your administration from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Please contact the MCAS Service Center at 800-737-5103 or via email at if you have any questions or problems accessing this website. For more information about MCAS, please visit the Department’s website at