Assessment Overview
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Assessment Overview

Assessment Overview

Testing Calendar   2017-18 (once you have opened the calendar, click on each grade level at the top for a more detailed description of each assessment)
       MPS List of Schools - for a list of MPS' individual webpage:  Go to the left sidebar and select from the following; Elementary (PK-8), Middle, High Schools or Alternative Schools Programs/Contract Alternative Programs, select school, click on the website and click on the calendar icon.
MDE - Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing (8/2017); MPS -  Parent/Guardian Refusal Form
Minnesota Department of Education

English Language Proficiency Assessments
ACCESS for ELLs test items are written from the model performance indicators of WIDA's five English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards:  Social & Instructional Language, Language of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies and test forms are divided into five grade level clusters (testing grades 1-12).  WIDA; WIDA Interpretive Guide;  WIDA Brochure for Parents; ACCESS Parent Fact Sheet (8/2017);

CogAT
All second graders and only students who have been referred for screening in grades K, 1, 3 and 4. FAQ (6/2016)

Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST)
FAST assessments will be used as district-wide universal screening assessments for all students in Kindergarten through grade 8 in order to assess students’ broad reading and math skills. The FAST earlyReading assessment will be given to Kindergarten students and the aReading and aMath assessments will be given to students in grades 1-8. Refer to FAST Assessment in Minneapolis Public Schools  for additional information. 

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) 

The primary purpose of the MCA is to measure the success of instruction based on the Minnesota Academic Standards .  Assessment results can be used to determine whether all students are mastering key content knowledge and attaining the skills necessary for future success in education and the workforce.   Resources:  MDE/Students and Families/Statewide Testing; MDE Interpretive Guide 2016-17 (pdf) , Why Test Results Matter (MDE 8/2017) pdf; 2017 MN  Quick Guide pdf; Test Preparation Suggestions for Parents and Teachers and Parent/Guardian Guide for Student Participation in Statewide Testing. Scroll to the bottom of the page on  the MDE/Students and Families/ Statewide Testing webpage for translated documents.

Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)
MTAS is a performance-based assessment in reading, mathematics and science for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is the alternate assessment available in every grade in which the MCA-II is available and features substantial reductions in the complexity of the academic content standards  Resources:  MDE/Districts Schools and Education/Teaching and Learning - MTAS (scroll to middle of page)  MTAS Parent Fact Sheet (08/2017); 2017 MN MTAS Quick Guide pdf

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA/MAP - Measures of Academic Progress)
State aligned computerized adaptive tests in reading and math that reflect the instructional level of each student in grade 9. For additional information on this assessment go to: www.nwea.orgSummary of Recomendation Process (pdf) 11/2013

Preschool Screening
The Minneapolis Preschool Screening Instrument Revised (MPSI-R) is designed to measure educationally related developmental skills of children in the age range of three years to five years 11 months. The major areas of functioning measured by the MPSIR include cognitive, language, literacy, motor and perceptual development. The MPSIR also includes a social emotional functioning subtest. For more information, contact Mary Pickart, 612-730-7150, Early  Childhood Education Department.