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2020-21 DATES FOR DISTRICT TESTING  
MCA, Pre-ACT, ACT


Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments/Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MCA/MTAS)
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA III's) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA III's, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may be assigned the MTAS instead of the MCA-III. This is a state and federally mandated assessment program

  • Reading is administered to grades 3, 4 ,5, 6, 7, 8, 10. 
  • Math is administered to grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11. 
  • Science is administered to grades 5, 8, 10. 
  • Testing time for reading MCA III in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 is 2.5 to 3.5 hours. 
  • Testing time for reading MCA III in grades 10 is 2.0 to 3.0 hours. 
  • Testing time for math MCA III in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,and 8 is 1.5 to 2.5 hours. 
  • Testing time for science MCA III in grades 5 and 8 is 1.75 hours. 
  • Testing time for science MCA III in grade 10 is 2 hours.  
  • All times are averages for completion; there are no time limits for taking MCA-IIIs.  Students are encouraged to take their time. 


MCA Testing Schedule

Reading: 1 to 2 ½ hours estimated total time to complete (updated 3/23/21)

Monday, March 29th - Thursday, April 1st
5th Grade: 9:20 am. - 10:10 am.
6th Grade: 9:20 am. - 10:10 am.

Tuesday March 30th - Thursday, April 1st
3rd Grade: 9:00 am. - 10:00 am.
4th Grade: 9:00 am. - 10:00 am.
Make up date for all 3rd - 6th Grade Reading Tests are Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6th and 7th.

Wednesday, April 7th - Monday, April 12th
7th Grade: Periods 4 and 5
8th Grade: Periods 3 and 4
10th Grade: Periods 6 and 7
Make up dates  for Jr./Sr. High Reading Tests are Tuesday and Wednesday, April 13th and 14th.

 

Math: 1 to 2 ½ hours estimated total time to complete (updated 3/11/21)

Tuesday, April 13th - Thursday, April 15th

3rd Grade: Afternoon Testing

5th Grade: Morning Testing

Wednesday, April 14th and Thursday, April 15th

4th Grade: Morning Testing

Thursday, April 15th and Friday, April 16th

7th Grade: Periods 1 and 4

Make up date for 3rd - 5th Grade Math Tests are Friday, April 16th

 

Tuesday, April 20th - Thursday, April 22nd

6th Grade: Morning Testing

Monday, April 19th - Thursday April 22nd

11th Grade: Algebra 2 students - 4/20 and 4/21 Periods 1 and 3 - Basic Stats students 4/20 and 4/21 Periods 2 and 7

8th Grade: Periods 3 and 4

Make up dates for 6th and 7th Grade Math Tests Thursday, April 22nd and the 8th and 11th Grade Math Tests Friday, April 23rd

 

Science: ½ an hour to 1 ½ hours estimated total time to complete (updated 3/11/21)

Tuesday, April 27th - Friday, April 30th

5th Grade: Morning Testing

8th Grade: Period 1

10th Grade Periods 4 and 7

Make up date for 5th, 8th and 10th Grade Science Tests Monday, April 3rd

 



ACT Exam:
College entrance exam 
Juniors (and Seniors who did not participate as juniors) may take the test once for free.

 



FastBridge Assessments (Grades K-4) 
Students will be assessed 3X/year -
   Week of September 14, 2020
   Week of January 11, 2020
   Week of May 10, 2021

This assessment provides individual student data regarding math concepts and application of skills, reading comprehension, fluency, phonological awareness, phonics, usage, and vocabulary.  Tests are given individually for grades K-1; Grades 2-4 will be assessed in classroom groups. 
These assessments are LEA required. 
Results will be available via JMC individual student accounts following each testing cycle.

 


MTAS tests (Minnesota Test of Academic Skills) (Canceled for 2020) are individually scheduled by special education teacher and based on qualifying student's schedule. These tests will be given during the same testing window as MCA's.
 


 
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