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Testing Calendar 2013-14 (09/20/2013)
Minnesota Department of Education

English Language Proficiency Assessments
Starting in the spring of 2012, tests developed by the WIDA consortium will replace the TEAE and the MN SOLOM in fulfilling the Title III requirement for assessing English language proficiency.   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

EXPLORE
The EXPLORE test is administered to Minneapolis 8th grade students in the fall of each school year; the costs associated with the administration of the EXPLORE are paid for by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). EXPLORE has four academic tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. A Composite Score (score range 1-25) summarizes performance across all four academic tests. In addition to the academic tests, students complete an interest inventory and needs assessment. For more information about the EXPLORE test, please visit the ACT Web site at http://act.org/explore/.

Grade 1 Assessment 
Starting 2013-14 school year grade 1 students will take the MAP for Primary Grades assessments (MPG).  (see below Northwest Evaluation Association)

Graduation Required Assessment for Diploma (GRAD)
To be eligible for a diploma from a Minnesota public high school, students enrolled in grade 8 in the 2005-06 school year or later must pass with a score of 50 or better on the Reading and Mathematics MCA/GRADs and the Writing GRAD with a score of 3 or better. The Class of 2010, the first group of students required to pass the series of GRAD tests, took the grade 9 Writing GRAD in 2007 and the grade 10 Reading MCA/GRAD in 2008 and took the grade 11 Mathematics MCA/GRAD in 2009. GRAD, Parent Fact Sheet 2013-14 FAQ
Additional options from MDE for meeting assessment diploma requirements - Minnesota Assessment Requirements Overivew 2013-2016 (page 2), updated August 2013.

Kindergarten Assessment
All Kindergarten students enrolled in the Minneapolis Public Schools are assessed in the fall, winter and spring. The assessments are individually administered by Early Childhood Cadre, a group of testers trained on its standardized administration using a standard set of materials. The Beginning and End of Kindergarten Assessments measure literacy and numeracy skills.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)
The MCAs are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind. The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward all students being proficient in 2014. Science is required for No Child Left Behind but is not included in AYP calculations at this time. Reading and mathematics tests are given in grades 3-8, 10 and 11. MCA; MDE Interpretive Guide 2012 -13 (pdf)

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.  MTAS

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 grades 1-9. It measures growth over time in addition to performance. For additional information on this assessment go to: www.nwea.org
    Map for Primary Grades - MPG Assessment Content (pdf) 11/2013
   Summary of Recomendation Process (pdf) 11/2013

Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) - Mathematics
OLPA is available for students in grades 3-8.  It provides a risk-free environment for students to familiarize themselves with online testing and provides teachers with information to target instruction before the mathematics test used for accountability in the spring. Every time a student answers a question, her or his response helps to determine the next question that the student must answer.  This testing method provides a more precise measure of students' skills and knowledge.   

PLAN
The Pre-ACT PLAN test is administered to all Minneapolis 10th grade students in the fall of each school year; the costs associated with the administration of the PLAN are paid for by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). PLAN has four academic tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. A Composite Score (score range 1-32) summarizes performance across all four academic tests. In addition to the academic tests, students complete an interest inventory and needs assessment. For more information about the PLAN test, please visit the ACT Web site at http://act.org/plan/.

Preschool Screening
The Minneapolis Preschool Screening Instrument Revised (MPSI-R) is designed to measure educationallyrelated 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. (See Executive Summary )