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Pre-ACT Testing
The Pre-ACT test provides students with practice for the ACT test and measures of progress towards college readiness. This test is provided for all 10th grade students on an annual basis. The test is a shortened version of the ACT and students are provided with test results, as well as personalized career exploration suggestions.
DATE: October 16 – 10th graders

Full Practice ACT Test
DATE: March 9th  a.m. - 11th graders

ACT Testing  (Cancelled for 2020)
The ACT is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college. Red Rock Central must provide the opportunity to participate in the test. Subjects tested include English, reading, math, science and writing. This is opportunity is required by state law. Eleventh and twelfth graders have the option to take ACT test. The test time for this test is 4.5 hours.
DATE: March 24  a.m. - 11th graders

MCA III Testing  (Cancelled for 2020)
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 58 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. 

DATES:  (Dates will be updated as needed.) 

          Monday - Thursday, April 6 - 9th                                     
                                         6th grade      am  
                                         5th grade      am
                                         4th grade     (Tue. - Thur.)  am
                                         3rd grade      am
                                 (Make up tests:  April 9th & 14th)
          Tuesday - Friday, April 14 - 17, 21
                                        7th grade      period 2
                                        8th grade      periods 1 & 2
                                       10th grade      periods 5 & 6
                                (Make up tests:  April 22nd)

          Monday - Wednesday, April 20 - 22
                                       3rd grade      pm
                                       4th grade      (Tue. - Wed.)  am
                                       5th grade      am
                               (Make up tests:  April 23rd)
         Tuesday - Wednesday, April 21-22
                                      7th grade       periods 1-3 
                               (Make up tests:  April 2rd3)
          Wednesday - Friday, April 22 - 24 
                                      6th grade       am 
                               (Make up tests:  April 27th)

          Tuesday - Friday, April 21 - 24
                                     11th grade      periods 2 & 4 
                                       8th grade      periods 1 & 6
                               (Make up tests:  April 27th)

           Tuesday - Friday, April 28-30 and May 1
                                      5th grade       am
                                      8th grade       periods 5 & 6    
                                    10th grade       periods 1 & 3 
                              (Make up tests:  May 1st pm and May 4th)

In the spring of 2019 your child took MCA-III assessements.  Student Performance Data was provided to guardians during the Nov. 7, 2019 conferences.  If you were unable to attend the conferences, your child's results were mailed to you. 
For an MCA fact sheet for parents (Questions and Answers about the MCA in Reading, Mathematics, and Science), go to:
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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.

NWEA Testing

Red Rock Central students in grades K - 2 participate in District-wide tests in early fall, winter and again each May. These tests measure what children already know in math and reading and what a child still needs to learn, to better assist teachers in targeting instruction to the child's "just-right" learning level. The May tests assess each child's academic growth during the year. Grades 2 and 4 also take a test in Science in the fall and spring. Science testing is 2 hours. Reading and math require 1.5-2.0 hours of testing.

          September 9-13  (K-2, math & reading)
          January 21-24  (K-2, math & reading)
     Spring  (Cancelled for 2020)
          May 4-8  (K-2, math & reading)

DIBELS Assessment
Dibels is a standardized, individual reading assessment given to all K-2 students and grades 3-4 Title I students.  This assessment tracks student performance and improvement. It is administered three times a year, in the Fall, Winter & Spring. The results assist teachers in planning instruction and interventions. Spring Dibels have been cancelled for 2020.