February 2021 - ACCESS and Alternative ACCESS for EL Students (KG - 10)
April 2021 - MCA and MTAs for Grades 3 - 10
May 2021 - Spring NWEA for Grades 1 - 10
Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing
MCA Testing Information
Friday April 1, 2021
What is MCA?
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are state tests in reading, mathematics, and science that are used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. The tests are administered every year to measure student performance relative to the Minnesota Academic Standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do.
Why do we give these tests?
We use the MCA to find out how well schools have aligned curriculum to and instructed students in the Minnesota Academic Standards in reading, mathematics, and science.
Who must take these tests?
All students in public schools in Grade 3 - HS are required to participate in the statewide assessment program.
Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan may be eligible for accommodations.
Some students with significant cognitive disabilities may be eligible to take the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) instead of the MCA.
What skills are assessed by the MCA?
The MCA measures student performance on the Minnesota Academic Standards:
The Reading MCA is aligned to the 2010 academic standards.
The Mathematics MCA is aligned to the 2007 academic standards.
The Science MCA is aligned to the 2009 academic standards.
9:00am Arrival of Students
10:00am MCA Start
12:00pm BREAK & LUNCH
1:00pm Resume MCA (if needed)
3:00pm MCA End