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Data & Assessment

The District 191 Assessment Plan is designed to ensure accountability. It uses multiple measurements (State and local tests as well as classroom assessments) to assess student achievement. The plan is endorsed annually by District 191 Board of Education. 
 
Objectives for Testing Program: 
  • Assess student achievement on Minnesota State standards and district outcomes 
  • Evaluate curriculum and instruction 
The information that is obtained from these assessments is used by teachers, administrators, and parents to help them better understand how students are learning important skills in areas including mathematics, reading, and science.
 
Use of Test Results: 
  • Develop focused instruction and interventions to increase student achievement 
  • Examine data for instructional planning 
  • Design and implement staff professional development programs to meet specific academic areas 

 

Click on each assessment for a short description:

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA and MTAS)
WIDA Language Assessments (WIDA Screener and Access 2.0)
FAST Reading Assessments
FAST Math Assessments
ACT Aspire
ACT
TS Gold


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)

Minnesota and federal statute require assessments that measure progress in math, reading and science based on Minnesota’s academic standards for grades 3-8 and high school. The MTAS is an alternative test for students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements

The list below shows tests by subject and the grades they are given:

  • Reading: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)

  • Mathematics: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)

  • Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8, and once in high school)

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WIDA Language Assessments (WIDA Screener and Access 2.0)

The WIDA screener is a nationally recognized assessment to determine the English language proficiency of new students Grades 1-12. It is administered to new enrollments at any time during the school year to identify English language learners and language services. 

 

Access 2.0 for English Language Learners is a nationally recognized suite of standardized assessments

  • Administered to kindergarten through 12th grade students who are identified as English language learners through the WIDA screener and other data.

  • Meets federal and state requirements to monitor annual progress of students in language progression in English

  • Assesses Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing progress in learning academic English

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FAST Reading assessments

Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST™) is a suite of literacy assessments for universal screening and monitoring progression in reading. Assessments include

  • earlyReading for kindergarten and 1st grade to monitor rate and accuracy of early literacy skills

  • CBMreading for grades 1 up to grade 8 for fluency

  • aReading for grades 1-8 for screening comprehension and general reading ability. Adapts to students based on responses. Item difficulty adjusts to the student.

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FAST Math Assessment (aMath)

Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST™) offers an adaptive math assessment (aMath).

  • aMath is offered kindergarten up to grade 8

  • Screens student in broad math skills

  • Adapts to students based on responses. Item difficulty adjusts to the student.

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ACT Aspire

ACT® Aspire® monitors student progress toward the ACT® test for students in grades 11 and 12, an assessment used widely as part of college entrance requirements. 

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ACT

The ACT® is a college admissions test that assists colleges and universities in determining the academic readiness of students for their programs. 

  • Students typically take this assessment in 11th or 12th grade.

  • ISD 191 high schools offer this assessment to all 11th graders during the school day with no fee (or any 12th grader who has not taken it prior).

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TS Gold

Teaching Strategies GOLD observation-based assessment system has 38 objectives for development and learning that include predictors of school success and are based on school readiness standards.

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