Testing 2017-09-29T10:03:53+00:00

Testing

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) state tests are given to evaluate students’ competence in the application of the processes and concepts of the state graduation standards. MTCS uses the MCA data to identify program strengths and weaknesses and to identify student growth.

The Minnesota Department of Education (education.state.mn.us) offers more information on statewide testing as well as a Parent/Guardian Guide to Statewide Testing. Translated documents are available at the bottom of the MDE page.

As a parent/guardian, there are things you can do to help prepare students for testing time:

  • Share your enthusiasm and interest in reading, mathematics and science with your children

  • Provide students with a study area at home

  • Encourage students to practice good study habits and set aside time every day for homework

  • Ensure students get a good night’s sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast before taking a test

  • Encourage students to try their best and answer all test questions

*Graduation Requirement
Students first enrolled in Grade 8 in 2012–2013 and later must be provided the opportunity to participate in a district-provided college entrance exam in grade 11 or grade 12. (education.state.mn.us)

Graduation Assessment Requirements
Graduation assessment requirements are based on when students first enrolled in grade 8.
Download an overview of the state graduation assessment requirements.

  • Students first enrolled in grade 8 in 2011–2012 and earlier have a number of options to meet graduation assessment requirements in reading, mathematics, and writing.
  • Students first enrolled in grade 8 in 2012–2013 and later must be provided an opportunity to participate in a district-provided college entrance exam in grade 11 or grade 12.

School Testing

Assessment Schedules

To get free access to the Pioneer Press MCA tab, please visit our NIE website at www.ppnie.com and register your classes. Also Pearsonaccess.com has testing tutorials and practice online assessments.
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