• Our Testing Program


    Testing is an important way for us to measure how our students are learning and growing, and to ensure our schools are providing students with what they need to be successful.

    Our schools use a variety of tests. The two most common tests - which are taken by the majority of our students - are the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) measures of academic performance.

    What’s the difference between the MCA-III and the NWEA tests?

      MCA-III NWEA
    How often is it given? Once per year - in the spring Up to 4 times per year - in the fall, winter, spring, and summer
    When are results available? Over the summer/fall Within 72 hours
    Who takes it? Grades 3-8, 10 & 11 Grades 2-9 (selected 10-12)
    How is it administered? Standard paper and pencil test  Computerized
    What's it measure? Student, school and district performance on academic standards Individual student growth and academic performance 
    How is it used? System accountability: Measures how students are meeting the Minnesota Academic Standards and determines if individual schools and the entire district is making adequate yearly progress (AYP) as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act. Placement in district programs; Measuring individual student growth; Uncovering individual student's academic strengths and weaknesses; Assists teachers in modifying instruction to meet the needs of students.
     

    Opt Out Testing Information:

     
    You may elect to not have your child(ren) participate in the state-required standardized assessments, but you must complete the Minnesota Department of Education's Parent/Guardian Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Assessments form. The form can be found by going to the Minnesota Department of Education's website and scrolling down to the section titled, "Student Participation in Statewide Assessments." 

     

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