Testing

Lower School

October 2019

  • Benchmarks & STEP - October 23-29
  • Reteach/Review - October 29-31
  • Reteach/Review - October 29-31

January 2020

  • Benchmarks & STEP - January 6-13
  • Reteach/Review - January 13-16

February/March 2020

  • Access for ELL - Feb 3-March 6
  • Benchmark & STEP - March 16-23
  • Access for ELL - March 23-27

April 2020

  • MCA Reading - 3rd and 4th Grade - April 24th
  • MCA Math - 3rd and 4th Grade - April 27th
  • MCA Make-Up - April 27th and 28th
  • Benchmarks & STEP - May 11-22
  • Reteach/Review - May 22-28

MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) is the MN state required assessment to meet state and federal legislative requirements

Lower School Assessment Vocabulary

Formative Assessments

Include on-going assessments, anecdotal records, quizzes, and diagnostic tests, reviews, and observations in a classroom. Teachers use formative assessment to improve instructional methods and student feedback throughout the teaching and learning process. The results of formative assessments are used to modify and validate instruction.

Formative “Benchmark” Assessments

Are used intermittently (weekly, bi-weekly, or end of quarter) to determine mastery of MN standards. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Imagine It! Reading benchmarks, grades K-4
  • RIGGS orthography, phonics, writing,
  • Saxon Math, grades K-4,
  • STEP (Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress), grades K-4

Summative Assessments

Summative evaluations are used to determine if students have mastered specific competencies, identify instructional areas that need additional attention, and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional programs at the end of an academic year or at a pre-determined time. Summative assessments include statewide and national tests. The ACCESS and Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) are administered once per year.

  • ACCESS assessments for EL students, grades K-4
  • Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA), grades 3-4

Middle School

February 2020

  • Access for ELL

April 2020

  • MCA Reading - 5th-8th Grades - April 21st
  • MCA Math - 5th-8th Grades - April 23rd
  • MCA Science - 5th and 8th Grade - April 24th
  • MCA Make-Up - April 27th and April 28th.

MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) is the MN state required assessment to meet state and federal legislative requirements

Upper School

October 2019

  • PSAT - October 16th. Grades 10 and 11. Standardized/Pre-SAT and national Merit Scholarship Qualifying Exam

February 2020

  • Access for ELL

April 2020

  • MCA Reading - 10th Grade - April 22nd​
  • MCA Math - 11th Grade - April 22nd​
  • MCA Science - 9th Grade - April 22nd​
  • MCA Make Up - April 27th and 28th​

MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) is the MN state required assessment to meet state and federal legislative requirements

May 2020

  • AP (Advanced Placement Testing) May 4-15

College level examinations based on college level Advanced Placement classes. Colleges/Universities may grant credit and placement based on student scores