Forest Lake Area Schools

Inspire the Learner, Ignite the Potential


Tests administered in Forest Lake Area Schools

In Forest Lake Area Schools, we assess our students with a variety of different tests, including:

State-mandated assessments

  • MCA-III (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments)
  • Minnesota Writes!
  • MN-SOLOM (Minnesota Student Oral Language Observation Matrix)
  • TEAE (Test of Emergency Academic English)
  • GRAD (Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma)
Further information about state-mandated assessments can be found on the Statewide Testing page of the Minnesota Department of Education website.

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?

How often is it given?Once per year - in the springUp to 4 times per year - in the fall, winter, spring, and summer
When are results available?Over the summer/fallWithin 72 hours
Who takes it?Grades 3-8, 10 & 11Grades 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.

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