Testing and Assessment

State Testing

Test NameDescriptionPurposeGrade LevelWhen
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs)Grade level tests of achievement against state standards in reading, math, and science.• Differentiation
• Placement
• School Improvement
• Accountability
• Reading: GR 3‐8, 10
• Math: GR 3‐8, 11
• Science: GR 5, 8, 10
• Reading & Math: Mar-5 to May-4
• Science: Mar-5 to May 11
Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)Alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.• Differentiation
• Placement
• School Improvement
• Accountability
• Reading: GR 3‐8, 10
• Math: GR 3‐8, 11
• Science: GR 5, 8, 10
• Mar-5 to May-4 for all subjects
ACCESS for ELL 2.0A secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment for English Language Learners with four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.• Instructional Planning
• Differentiation
• Placement
• School Improvement
• Accountability
• GR K-12 • Jan-29 to Mar-23
ACT plus Writing (Paper)College Entrance Exam.• Interest Inventory
• Student Profile
• College Preparatory
• GR 11-12• April-3
• Make-up day:April-24
CompassCollege Placement Diagnostic for students who are not ready for Career and College.• Placement
• Evaluate incoming students
• Connect students to the resources
• GR 11After Plan and before ACT

District Testing

Test Name Description Purpose Grade Level When
NWEA ‐ Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Computer‐adaptive, norm referenced achievement tests in reading and math. Nationally normed growth measure. • Instructional Planning
• Differentiation
• Placement
• School Improvement
• GR 5-10 Fall, Winter, Spring
Kindergarten Inventory Teacher administered test of early literacy and math skills. • Student’s programming
• Instructional needs
• Kindergarten Fall
Formative Assessment for Teachers (FAST) Benchmark Assessment Teacher administered screener of early literacy skills and curriculum based measurements. • Student’s programming
•Instructional needs
• Reading: GR K-4
• Math: GR K-1
Fall, Winter, Spring
Adaptive Formative Assessment for Teachers (FAST) Math and Reading Computer-adaptive, norm criterion-referenced assessment that uses predictive validity evidence to set those criteria. • Student’s programming
• Instructional needs
• GR 1-4 Fall, Winter, Spring
Instructional Text Level (ITL): (Guided Reading Levels) Measurement used to determine reading level. • Student’s programming
• Instructional needs
• GR 1-4 Fall, Winter, Spring
Standards Based Assessments Grade‐level tests of achievement against state standards in some curricular areas. • Instructional Planning
• Differentiation
• Monitoring Reports
• School Improvement
• GR K-12 All Year
Accuplacer ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that determines knowledge in math, reading and writing in preparation to enroll in college-level courses. • Determine enrollment eligibility in concurrent enrollment courses. • GR 10-12 Spring
AP Exams The AP Exam is the final after completing an AP class. These standardized exams are designed to measure mastery of course content. • A successful score can earn credit and advanced placement in college. • Grades 10-12 May
Comprehensive Final Exam Course level test of achievement against state standards and course content. • Instructional Planning
• Monitoring Reports
• School Improvement
• Grades 9-12 Upon completion of a credit
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