The MCA-III are online assessments taken by Minnesota students, which give parents, educators, administrators, and state education officials an indication as to how students are performing in math, reading, and science. This allows us all an accurate assessment of how our students are performing and gives us the opportunity to take the steps necessary to improve student achievement.
The MCA-III math assessment is taken by students in grades 3 – 8, and 11. This assessment was administered for the first time in 2011 for grades 3 – 8, and in 2014 for grade 11. The MCA-III reading assessment is taken by students in grades 3-8, and 10. This assessment was administered for the first time in 2013. The MCA Science test is taken by students in grades 5, 8, and high school Biology.
The Assessment division provides test specifications for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) in mathematics, reading, and science as well as other state tests. Test specifications are specific rules and characteristics that guide the development of a test’s content and format. They indicate which strands, sub-strands, standards and benchmarks will be assessed on the test and in what proportions. Test specifications are excellent tools for gaining an in-depth understanding of the content and format of the tests. Test specifications for all state tests can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education’s website at: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Testing/TestSpec/
On state standardized tests, our district encourages students to do their best work to show what they know and can do. Students should not accept help finding answers to test questions, should not give answers to other students, and should not tell others what is on the test. There may be consequences for dishonest behavior or for not following testing instructions.
Maintaining the integrity of tests and test items is of great importance to the Minnesota Department of Education. Improper or unethical behavior by students or educators undermines the validity of test score interpretation. Please report suspected incidents of cheating or piracy of test items using the Minnesota Statewide Test Security Tip Line.
ACCESS for ELLs is an English language proficiency assessment designed to measure
English Learners’ social and academic language proficiency in English. It was administered
for the first time in Minnesota in spring 2012. Any student K-12 who is limited English proficient (LEP) qualifies to take the ACCESS test. Components include listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
For more information about the ACCESS for ELLs test: http://wida.us/membership/states/MN/ACCESSforELLsPlanning_MN.pdf
The ACT Assessment is offered to all students in their 11th grade year. The ACT is a national college admissions examination and consists of five parts: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing. ACT results are accepted by all colleges and universities in the United States. Students with a disability may qualify for accommodations for ACT. If you have questions about the ACT, you can contact Angie Aakre at 218-346-1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the following websites for more information: www.act.org; http://act.org/aap/minnesota/act.html; www.collegeboards.com
The ASVAB is a multiple-apptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. The ASVAB is given to all juniors in the fall. The test results give students career information that can be helpful in developing their individual career plan.