Testing Calendar

Lower

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

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

  • Voyages Grammar, grades K-4

  • 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

February 2022

April 2022

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

Upper

October 2021

February 2022

April 2022

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

May 2022

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

Lower

Beginning of the Year

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

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

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

February

Access for ELL - 7th & 8th

April 2021

MCA - 5th - 8th

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

Upper

October 2020

February 2021

Access for ELL - 9th-12th

April 2020

MCA - 9th-11th

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

May 2020

AP (Advanced Placement Testing)

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