Testing Calendar

Lower

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 2020

Access for ELL - Kindergarten

  • February 11
  • February 13

Access for ELL - 1st

  • February 11 - Listening
  • February 13 - Listening
  • February 14 - Reading
  • February 18 - Reading
  • February 19 - Speaking
  • February 21 - Speaking
  • February 24 - Writing
  • February 25 - Writing

Access for ELL - 2nd

  • February 12 - Listening
  • February 18 - Reading
  • February 21 - Speaking
  • February 26 - Speaking

Access for ELL - 3rd & 4th

  • February 10 - Listening
  • February 13 - Reading
  • February 19 - Speaking
  • February 24 - Speaking
  • February 27 - Writing

March 2020

Access for ELL - 2nd

  • March 2 - Writing
  • Benchmark & STEP - March 16-23

April 2020

MCA - 3rd & 4th

  • April 24 - Reading
  • April 27 - Math
  • April 27 - Make-Up
  • April 28 - Make-Up

May 2020

  • May 11-22 - Benchmarks & STEP
  • May 22-28 - Reteach/Review

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

January 2020

Access for ELL - 7th & 8th

  • January 28 - Listening
  • January 30 - Reading

February 2020

Access for ELL - 5th & 6th

  • February 5 - Listening
  • February 7 - Reading
  • February 10 - Speaking
  • February 12 - Writing

Access for ELL - 7th & 8th

  • February 5 - Speaking
  • February 6 - Writing

April 2020

MCA - 5th - 8th

  • April 21 - Reading
  • April 23 - Math
  • April 24 - Science
  • April 27 - Make-Up
  • April 28 - Make-Up

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

Upper

October 2019

PSAT - 10th & 11th

  • October 16 - Standardized/Pre-SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Exam

February 2020

Access for ELL - 9th-12th

  • February 3 - Listening
  • February 4 - Reading
  • February 5 - Speaking
  • February 6 - Writing

April 2020

MCA - 9th-11th

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

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