Testing and Assessments

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    Toolkit for Families: Understanding Statewide Assessment Results 

     MDE Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing - English
     MDE Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing - Spanish


    Biennial Review of District Testing Program

    Every two years districts are required to report on the district testing program. The report must include written objectives of testing program, names of tests and grade levels tested, use of test results, and student achievement results compared to previous years. The testing program incorporates federally mandated Title I and Title III assessments, state mandated assessments, and local assessments.

    TITLE I ASSESSMENTS

    math and reading icon Reading and Mathematics Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)
    MCAs are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and meet the requirements of ESSA. Results are used to make decisions for students about curriculum and instructional practices. The Math MCA is administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11, and the Reading MCA is administered to students in grades 3-8 and 10. The Science MCA is administered to students in grades 5, 8, and at the high school level when the student finishes their Life Science (Biology) course. SSPPS students typically finish the Life Science course and take the Science MCA in grade 10.


    science icon Science MCA
    The Science MCA is an online assessment that presents a series of science scenarios. It is administered to students in grades 5, 8, and at the high school level. 

     

     

    Minnesota icon Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)
    MTAS is Minnesota’s alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards. The MTAS is designed to measure the extent to which students with significant cognitive disabilities are making progress in the general curriculum.  The Math MTAS is administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11, and the Reading MTAS is administered to students in grades 3-8 and 10.  The Science MTAS is administered to students in grades 5, 8, and at the high school level when the student finishes their Life Science (Biology) course. South St Paul students typically finish the Life Science course and take the Science MCA in grade 10. 

    TITLE III ASSESSMENTS

    Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS)

    ACCESS for English Learners is a large-scale assessment of English language proficiency based on the WIDA English Language Development Standards. There are four language domains to the ACCESS for ELLs for students in grades K–12: reading, writing, listening and speaking. These English language proficiency assessment results are used for federal Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) and determine state English learner funding for districts. This test is administered to students in grade level clusters: K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. 

    GRADUATION ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

    In order to be eligible for a diploma from Minnesota public high school, all students must fulfill graduation assessment requirements.Graduation Cap icon

    Students Enrolled in Grade 8 in 2012-13 and Later: These students will meet graduation assessment requirements through the career and college assessment system, which was first administered in the 2014-2015 school year. The career and college assessment system will include a Career and College Assessment in grade 8 and 10 and a grade 11 College Entrance Assessment. Students not yet academically ready for a career or college based on their growth in academic achievement between grades 8 and 10 must take the college placement diagnostic exam before taking the college entrance assessment in grade 11.   

    LOCAL ASSESSMENT

    FAST 

    FAST earlyMath and earlyReading are comprised of 3-4 numeracy or literacy subtests administered individually to Pre-K, K and grade 1 students.

    FAST aMath and aReading are 30 item, adaptive tests administered individually to students in grades 2-8. 

    Questions?

    If you have additional questions, please contact the Department of Learning Office at (651) 457-9469.