Spring MCA Testing

Spring MCA Testing
Posted on 04/12/2018
TestingDear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Our staff and students have been preparing for success on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) testing that will take place this spring. Family support is also necessary to help students perform their best.  Please review the following information with your student and consider adding the dates to your family calendar. 

During April, all students will take the Reading & Math MCAs on Chromebooks.  Students should bring their fully charged Chromebooks to school on testing days. We will have backup technology for students whose devices may be malfunctioning or in for repair.  Most students will take the Reading and Math tests with their Advisory teacher, which provides a smaller testing group.   

Testing Schedule 
The Reading MCA will be administered on Tuesday, April 17 & Wednesday, April 18.

The Math MCA will be administered on Tuesday, April 24 & Wednesday, April 25.   Students can bring headphones or earbuds to have math test items read aloud.

Grade 8 students will take the Science MCA with their Science Teacher during their science class on Tuesday, May 1, Wednesday, May 2 and Friday, May 4. Students can bring headphones or earbuds to have science test items read aloud. 

MCA’s are very important to gauge the progress of students and of the school, and are used to determine whether a school has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) according to state standards.   

Some things you can do to help your child to prepare for testing day(s):
o have them get a good night's sleep
o have them eat a good breakfast
o be supportive - encourage them to do their best
o ensure students arrive on time to have enough time to complete testing. Students who are late may not be able to test during the regularly scheduled sessions

Important information on cell phones and other devices: The state of MN does not allow any cell phones or any wearable technology (e.g., smart watches, fitness trackers) to be accessible during testing sessions. Students should be encouraged to leave personal devices at home or turned off in lockers on testing days.  If cell phones or wearable technology are seen during testing they will be confiscated and the test will be invalidated.

For more information on required state testing, please see the Parents section of the Minnesota Department of Education website: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/fam/tests/