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Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) and alternate assessments (Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and also meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take one of the alternate assessments instead. The list below gives the tests given for each subject, with grades given in parentheses behind each test.
Reading: MCA (grades 3-8, 10) or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)
Mathematics: MCA (grades 3-8, 11) or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)
Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8 and high school)
Families are provided an Individual Student Report (ISR) once the scores are released publicly. Families receive the copy from the district by fall conferences of the following school year the test was given.
Resources for Parents
MCA Parent Fact Sheet - 8/24/18
MTAS Parent Fact Sheet - 8/24/18
Item Samplers: Families and educators can use this to familiarize themselves with how the content is presented. - 1/31/20
Student Participation in Statewide Assessments
Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.31, subdivision 4a, requires the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to publish a form for parents/guardians to complete if they refuse to have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments. It includes some basic information to help parents/guardians make informed decisions that benefit their child and their school and community. The form to meet this legislative requirement is available at the link below. When completed, it must be returned to your student's district.
More translations available at MDE
MCA Parent Fact Sheet SPANISH - 4/19/19
MTAS Parent Fact Sheet SPANISH - 4/30/19
FAQ Why State Test Results Matter SOMALI - 5/10/19
MCA Parent Fact Sheet SOMALI - 4/19/19
MTAS Parent Fact Sheet SOMALI - 4/30/19
FAQ Why State Test Results Matter OROMO - 5/10/19
MCA Parent Fact Sheet OROMO - 4/19/19
MTAS Parent Fact Sheet OROMO - 4/30/19