Principal's Certification of Proper Test Administration
Spring 2019 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 2019 MCAS ELA and Mathematics Retests12:00 p.m., February 283:00 p.m., March 12
MCAS Alternate Assessment12:00 p.m., March 223:00 p.m., March 28
Spring 2019 MCAS Grades 3-8 TestsN/A3:00 p.m., May 28
Spring 2019 Grade 10 TestsN/A3:00 p.m., May 31
Spring 2019 MCAS Operational High School STE TestsN/A3:00 p.m., June 12
Spring 2019 MCAS Biology and Introductory Physics Field TestsN/A3:00 p.m., June 17


  • The principal must complete the PCPA and certify the information submitted on this form.
  • To begin, select your administration from the dropdown menu.
  • Note: New for spring 2019, the Principal's Certification of Proper Test Administration (PCPA) form is streamlined to reflect the shift to computer-based testing. The "before testing" section is removed, and schools will complete the PCPA only after testing for the following grades/tests. (Note that the "before testing" will remain on the PCPA for the March retest, which will be a paper-based administration, as well as the MCAS Alternate Assessment.


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