Principal's Certification of Proper Test Administration
Spring 2018 MCAS

Dear Principals and Directors of Charter Schools, Approved Private Special Education Schools, Educational Collaboratives, and Special Education in Institutional Settings:

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

  1. Certify that appropriate preparations have been made prior to test administration;
  2. Enter the quantity of answer booklets being returned (for paper-based testing);
  3. Certify that the school's MCAS test administration met the 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 according to the dates listed in the table below.

Test AdministrationDeadline to Complete the PCPA BEFORE TestingDeadline to Complete the PCPA AFTER Testing
March 2018 MCAS ELA and Mathematics Retests12:00 p.m., February 263:00 p.m., March 8
Spring 2018 MCAS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts 12:00 p.m., March 293:00 p.m., May 7
Spring 2018 MCAS Grades 3–8 Mathematics and Gr. 5 and 8 STE12:00 p.m., March 293:00 p.m., May 29
MCAS Alternate Assessment12:00 p.m., March 223:00 p.m., March 28
March–April 2018 Grade 10 MCAS
English Language Arts
12:00 p.m., March 233:00 p.m., April 11
May 2018 Grade 10 MCAS Mathematics12:00 p.m., May 213:00 p.m., May 31
June 2018 High School MCAS Science and Tech/Eng12:00 p.m., June 43:00 p.m., June 13


  • The principal must complete the PCPA and certify the information submitted on this form.
  • To begin, select your administration from the dropdown menu.
  • Note: For Grades 3–8 English Language Arts, select "Spring 2018 MCAS Grades 3–8" from the drop-down menu. For Grades 3–8 Mathematics and Gr. 5 and 8 STE, select "Spring 2018 MCAS Grades 3–8 Mathematics and Gr. 5 and 8 STE"


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