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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. 

Tentative Testing Schedule:

Monday, March 29th - Thursday, April 1st
- 3rd Grade: Morning Testing
- 5th Grade: Morning Testing
- 6th Grade: Morning Testing
Tuesday March 30th - Thursday, April 1st
- 4th Grade: Morning Testing
Make up date for all 3rd -6th Grade Reading Tests are Tuesday, April 6th
Wednesday, April 7th - Monday, April 12th
- 7th Grade: Periods 4 and 5
- 8th Grade: Period 3
- 10th Grade: Periods 4 and 7
Make up date Tuesday, April 13th

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 2
Make up date for 3rd - 5th Grade Math Tests are Friday, April 16th
Monday, April 19th - Wednesday, April 21st
- 6th Grade: Morning Testing
Monday, April 19th - Thursday April 22nd 
- 11th Grade: Periods 1 and 7
- 8th Grade: Periods 3 and 6
Make up dates for 6th and 7th Grade Math Tests Thursday, April 22nd and the 8th and 11th Grade Math Tests Friday, April 23rd

Tuesday, April 27th - Friday, April 30th
- 5th Grade: Morning Testing
- 8th Grade: Period 1
- 10th Grade Periods 3 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 Mary 10, 2020

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.



For an MCA fact sheet for parents (Questions and Answers about the MCA in Reading, Mathematics, and Science), go to:
  (copy and paste web address)

For an information sheet on test preparation (Test Preparation Suggestions for Parents and Teachers), go to: 
  (copy and paste web address) 

Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing, go to: 
  (copy and paste web address)

MTAS tests (Minnesota Test of Academic Skills) (Cancelled 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