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)
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 Parents; WIDA 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)
Based on new legislation, enacted in 2015, the graduation assessment requirements have changed, questions and answers about Graduation Assessment Requirements (December 2015) . 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.)
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 adn teh workforce. MCA; 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
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; 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.
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.