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State Assessments


State Assessments - Title I

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and 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 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  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 the MTAS.  The list below gives the tests available 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)

Parent Fact Sheets
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA), and Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are available in a downloadable and printable Parent Fact Sheet.  These Parent Fact Sheets are available in several languages. Please contact our office to obtain a copy.

Test Preparation Suggestions for Parents and Teachers
The documents listed below give suggestions on ways to help students get ready for Minnesota assessments.  General tips and strategies are included, as well as suggestions for individual tests.  See Test Preparation Suggestions for Parents and Teachers listed below.

State Assessments - Graduation

Based on new legislation, the graduation assessment requirements have changed.  Students of the graduating class 2018 and later, do not have Assessment requirements for the purpose of Graduation.




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