Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (State Testing):
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's Academic Standards and meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind. The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made adequate yearly progress toward all students being proficient in 2019. Reading and mathematics tests are given in grades 3-8, 10, and 11. The Science MCA tests are given in grades 5, 8, and 10.
All students grades 3 - 8 and grade 11 will be taking the MCA Math Test online. Some great advantages to online testing are that all students can choose to have questions read to them through headphones, it's still untimed so students can go slowly and double-check their answers, and results will be calculated much sooner.
The MCA Reading Test for grades 3-8 and grade 10 will also be online. Although students can't have questions read to them through headphones, the test is untimed so students can go slowly and double-check their answers and results will be calculated much sooner, like they are for math. These tests will take place between March 5th and May 4th. Item Samplers may be done prior to testing to familiarize students with the online format of the MCA Reading Test.
The MCA Science Test is given in Osakis Schools to all students in grades 5, 8, and 10. This test will also be online. Osakis will be testing students in May.
Parents can get more information on all MCA tests by visiting the MDE website at education.state.mn.us and help their students prepare by:
1. Having student present on test days (no dentist or doctor appts., etc)
2. Go to http://minnesota.pearsonaccessnext.com/ to find resources, practice guides, and other tips for test taking.
3. Encourage a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast to start the day.
March 5th - May 3rd - MCA Reading and Math Online is open for grades 3-8, 10, and 11
March 5th - May 10th - MCA Science Online is open for Grades 5, 8, and 10