State Assessments

MINNESOTA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENTS (MCA)

  • Tests level of proficiency of the MN Academic Standards for the student’s grade level
  • Levels of proficiency are Exceeds Academic Standards, Meets Academic Standards, Partially Meets Academic Standards and Does Not Meet Academic Standards
  • State test used to assess school performance as required under federal No Child Left Behind legislation and used in identifying if schools are making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) 
  • Tests are administered in Reading, Math and Science (reading in March, math in April, science in May)
  • Reading given to students in grades 3-8, 10  
  • Math given to students in grades 3-8, 11 
  • Science given to students in grades 5, 8 and high school biology
  • Results are mailed to families no later than conferences 
  • Minnesota Department of Education information


ACCESS FOR ELL’S
 (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners)  

  • English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs)
  • Administered annually in February and March
  • Results are mailed to families no later than conferences 
  • More information


ACT

  • ACT administered to grade 11 students annually

  • Results are mailed from ACT, directly to students, 6-8 weeks after testing