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The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) assessments of Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (MCCRS) will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from grade 3 through high school, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support.

This site hosts all of the tools necessary for Test Coordinators, Technology Coordinators, and Test Administrators to prepare for and administer MCAP assessments.

Pearson Access

Pearson Access serves as the entry point to all Pearson services used by schools and districts participating in MCAP assessments.

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Technology Setup

Prepare your system for computer-based MCAP assessments. Access technical guidelines, user guides, and TestNav.

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Access trainings, manuals, and other resources to prepare for and administer assessments.

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Test Preparation

Users can access sample items, TestNav 8 tutorials, and practice tests to prepare for the MCAP tests.


Access a variety of reporting resources from interpretive guides, to report samples, and file layouts.

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News for Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, Technology Coordinators, districts, and schools.

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Assistance is available via webform, phone, and chat.

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Key Dates
Event ELA/Math High School Spring 2021 MISA Spring 2021 ELA/Math Grades 3-8 Spring 2021
Testing Window 2/22/21 – 5/21/21(PBT) 2/22/21 –6/4/21 (CBT) 3/8/21-3/19/21 (PBT) 3/8/21- 3/26/21 (CBT) 3/8/21 – 5/21/21 (PBT) 3/8/21 – 6/4/21 (CBT)
Tasks for materials distribution:
  • Upload/Verify student data and accommodations/accessibility features
  • Create Sessions
  • Students placed in sessions (online & paper)
  • There will not be an initial order, however the steps for materials distro should be completed prior to testing. 1/5/21-1/22/21 (CBT) 1/5/21-1/22/21
    Infrastructure Trial open in Pearson Access Training Admin 1/19/21 1/19/21 1/19/21
    Materials Due in District n/a (AO only) 2/22/21 Wave 1: 2/22/21 Wave 2: 3/15/21
    Additional Order window (all materials) 1/28/21– 5/19/21 2/22/21– 3/17/21 2/22/21– 5/19/21
    Additional Order window  (return materials only) 1/28/21 – 6/9/21 2/22/21 – 3/31/21 2/22/21 – 6/9/21
    Deadline to Mark Complete/Void Tests 6/4/21 3/26/21 6/4/21
    Update organization shipping details in Pearson Access 1/22/21 1/22/21 1/22/21