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Testing Calendar 2014-15 (11/05/2014)
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department Education Explanation of 2014-15 Testing

Career and College Assessments
A series of career and college assessments are being administered beginning in 2014-15:  Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Tests.
ACT's Explore is a required graduation assessment to provide information to grade 8 students, their parents, and educators about students' achievement in Reading, English, Mathematics and Science.  The assessment includes a career interest survey.
ACT's Plan is a required graduation assessment to provide information to grade 10 students, their parents, and educators about students' achievement in Reading, English, Mathematics and Science.  The assessment includes a career interest survey.
ACT's Compass is a graduation assessment provided to some students who, based on performance in grade 10, are not prepared for post-secondary success.
ACT Plus Writing is a required graduation assessment to provide information to grade 11 students, their parents, and educators regarding the level of preparedness for post-secondary success on a nationally recognized college entrance exam.

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/.

Graduation Assessments
In order to be eligible for a diploma from a Minnesota public high school, all students must fulfill graduation assessment requirements in writing, reading and mathematics.  Based on the revisions to the Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30, the graduation assessment requirements have changed.  Parent Fact Sheet

There are different routes to meeting graduation assessment requirements, depending on what year students were first enrolled in grade 8.

Please visit the Minnesota Department of Education  (School Support/Minnesota Tests) website.

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 
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 2013 -14 (pdf) MCA Parent Fact Sheet

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

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 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. (See Executive Summary )