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
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.