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Testing Calendar  (updated 9/14/2016) 2016-17 (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.
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; WIDA Interpretive Guide;  WIDA Brochure for ParentsWIDA Alternate Interpretive Guide; FAQ;

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

Graduation Assessments
Based on new legislation, enacted in 2015, the graduation assessment requirements have changed, questions and answers about  Graduation Assessment Requirements  (December 2015) or MDE Graduation Requirements Please refer to the statewide testing at  Minnesota Department of Education Tests or visit the Minnesota Department of Education websites.

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.)

Kindergarten Assessment 
The Concept of Math (CoM) assessment measures nine components of number sense.  The assessment takes 30 minutes per student.
Beginning Kindergarten Assessment (BKA) and End of Kindergarten Assessment (EKA):  BKA measures Picture Naming Vocabulary, Phyming, Concepts of Print, Oral Comprehension, Letter Sound Recognition, Letter Names and Alliteration.  EKA measures Picture Naming Vocabulary, Rhyming, Concepts of Print, Oral Comprehension, Letter Sound Recognition, Letter Names, Alliteration and Passage Reading.

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 2015-16 (pdf) MCA Parent Fact Sheet ( pdf rev: 09/09/2016), Why Test Results Matter (MDE 09/09/2016) pdf; 2016 MN MCA Quick Guide pdf; Test Preparation Suggestions for Parents and Teachers; Parent/Guardian Guide to 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:  MTAS (scroll to middle of page)  Questions and Answers (pdf rev: 12/2014); 2016 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 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 and Reading
OLPA is available for students in grades 3-8 and 11 Math; grades 3-8 and 10 Reading.  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.   

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.