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Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition (MCT2) (page 2)

— State: Mississippi Department of Education
Updated on Oct 27, 2011

MCT2 Facts

All eligible students in grades 3 – 8 must participate.

The MCT2 is an untimed, multiple-choice assessment that requires students to bubble in answers on an answer document.

Students in grades three and four will answer 63 reading/writing items and 55 math items; students in grades five and six will answer 73 reading/writing items and 60 math items; and students in grades seven and eight will answer 83 reading/writing and 60 math items.

Some math items for all grades will require students to use a ruler. The MDE is recommending that students are familiar with using a 12” lead-in edge ruler with both English and metric measurements.

Only students in grades seven and eight are allowed to use approved calculators on all math items.

Students taking the grade 8 MCT2 for Mathematics are provided a formula chart, which can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/2crxjel.

Students who score at the Minimal Level on any part of the MCT2 in Grades 3 or 7 will be referred to the Teacher Support Team (TST) as part of the State Board of Education Intervention Policy (SBE Code 4300).

Tips for Parents

Studies show that parents who are active in their child’s learning have long-term positive effects on student performance. Parents who are involved throughout the academic year are better able to offer help during testing. The home environment plays an important role in a child’s academic progress. The home environment must contribute to the learning process and offer opportunities for positive feedback. Below are some tips to assist parents with preparing their children for better academic performance.

  • Read with and in front of your child.
  • Provide a variety of books and magazines to expand your child’s vocabulary.
  • Maintain open communication with your child’s teacher to monitor his/her progress.
  • Reinforce school and classroom rules at home, check homework, and know what is expected of your child.
  • Encourage your child to participate in classroom activities and to work to his/her potential at all times.
  • Make sure your child gets adequate sleep and eats a nutritious meal before taking a test.
  • Check with your child’s teacher regarding effective testing strategies to help performance on tests.
  • Emphasize to your child that “cramming” is not a good study habit. Success on standardized tests cannot be accomplished overnight; studying is a continuous process that must be nurtured and developed over time.
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