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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
CogAT
TS Gold


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment measures student progress toward the  Minnesota Academic Standards in reading, math and science. It is used to evaluate the effectiveness of schools and districts and is required for all Minnesota students in grades 3-8 and once in high school in reading, math and science. The MCA results are intended for systems accountability , not to evaluate individual students. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility take the MTAS as an alternate assessment.

https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/tests/

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WIDA Language Assessments (WIDA Screener and Access 2.0)

The WIDA Language Assessments are required by to determine eligibility for English language services and measure student progress toward English language proficiency. Most students who receive English Language services take the Access 2.0 assessment, but English learners who meet the criteria may take the Alternate Access for ELLS.

https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/tests/

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FAST Reading assessments (aReading, CBM Reading)

The FAST Reading Assessments are intended to provide screening and progress monitoring of reading achievement for grades K-8. Screening occurs up to three times a year (fall, winter and spring), and progress monitoring is ongoing for students receiving intervention. FAST Reading Assessments measures early skills in reading, fluency and accuracy, and comprehension. (District determined reading  assessment to measure student progress.)

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FAST Math Assessment (aMath)

The FAST Math Assessments are intended to provide screening and progress monitoring of math achievement for grades K-8. Screening occurs up to three times a year (fall, winter and spring), and progress monitoring is ongoing for students receiving intervention. FAST Math Assessments measures early skills in math, fluency and accuracy in computation, math concepts, and math applications. (District determined reading  assessment to measure student progress.)

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ACT Aspire

The ACT Aspire is used to measure progress in early high school toward success on the ACT® in grade 11. The ACT Aspire can be taken as periodic assessments, towards progress on the Summative ACT Aspire, or once a year with the Summative ACT Aspire. The ACT Aspire consists of subject areas in Math, English, Reading and Science. The Periodic assessments provide teachers with information on how to change instruction around college and career readiness standards that are assessed on the ACT. (District determined  assessment to measure student progress.)

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ACT

The ACT® is a college admissions test measuring academic readiness for college for all students in grade 11. Scores are used for college admissions decisions. Minnesota schools are required to offer a college admissions test to all students in as part of state graduation requirements. (State graduation requirement)

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CogAT

The CogAT 7 is the Cognitive Abilities Test which is given to all 2nd and 4th graders in the district. It measures the reasoning ability of students in verbal, qualitiative, and nonverbal (spatial) development. These abilities are learned and developed both in and out of school and is the only assessment provided in school that is not based on achievement. The CogAT provides teachers with information about a student's reasoning ability to help with differentiation of instruction. The CogAT scores are also used with achievement data to determine students who meet criteria for advanced learning services. 

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Teaching Strategies Gold (TS Gold)

The TS Gold is used to measure  the development and learning for children ages 0-3 through observation of the student during regular, everyday activities. The observations and data are collected throughout the year and is intended to give teachers and families a picture of the whole child in order to support their growth and learning. (District determined  assessment to measure student progress.)

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