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Testing and Assessment
 

 Testing and Assessment

 
Minnetonka Public Schools Testing and Assessment program incorporates state-wide testing, local standardized testing, and classroom assignments and observation to provide a complete profile of student achievement and curricular strengths and weaknesses. Compared to both national norms and state-wide test results, Minnetonka students perform exceedingly well.
 
MCA Tests
These tests help schools and districts measure student progress toward the state’s academic standards. The tests are given in grades 3-8, 10 and 11. The science MCA’s are administered in grades 5, 8 and high school. The high school science test is life science, given at the end of the school year when students finish Biology.  At the high school level, the MCAs in the state-required GRAD tests in math, reading and writing. All students must pass the GRAD portion in order to graduate from a public high school in Minnesota. Download the Minnesota Department of Education's brochure,
 
 
2013-14 Assessment Calendar
 
When
Who
What
Why
Sept 11-27
K-8
NWEA Reading and NWEA Math
For Instruction and Placement
Sept 11-27
1-2 Spanish Immersion
DORA
For Instruction and Placement
Sept 11-27
3-5 Immersion
AAPPL Reading, Speaking, and Listening assessment
To establish baseline
Sept 11-27
K-5 and 6-8 receiving additional support
Math Benchmark (as needed) and Reading Fluency (all k-5, as needed 6-8)
For Instruction and Placement
Sept 30-Feb 21
3-8 (online)
Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) Math only assessment
For Instruction (Optional) to help with MCA due to discontinued retest
Oct 4
K-5
Record Reading Fluency in Skyward
For Instruction
Oct 10
8
EXPLORE
For Instruction
Jan 6-17
K-8
NWEA Reading and NWEA Math (as needed)
For Instruction and Placement
Jan 6-17
K Spanish Immersion
DORA
For Instruction
Jan 6-17
K-5 and 6-8 receiving additional support
Math Benchmark (as needed) and Reading Fluency (all k-5, as needed 6-8)
For Instruction and Placement
Jan 24
K-5
Record Reading Fluency in Skyward
For Instruction
Feb 3-March 21
K-12 ELL Students
WIDA
Federal Mandate
March 10-26
5
Cold Write Assessment (Send materials with scores to Middle Schools by Spring Break)
For Placement
March 17 – May 9
5, 8, 11 (Following Bio) (online)
MCA and MTAS Science
State Mandate
March 17-26
3-5 Immersion
AAPPL Reading, Speaking, and Listening assessment
To measure proficiency
March 17-26
6-7 Immersion
STAMP 4S Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening assessment
To measure proficiency
April 7-11
5
NWEA Science
Placement
April 14-May 2
3-8 (paper/pencil)
MCA Reading and Math
MCA Reading and Math are Federal Mandates
April 25-May 30
K-5 All students and 6-8 receiving additional support
Math Benchmark and Reading Fluency
To enter and exit for RtI, measure growth
April 28-May 9
5
Pre-Algebra Assessment
Placement
May 1-30
K-2 Immersion
Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA)
To measure proficiency and establish baseline
May 5-23
K-8
NWEA Reading and NWEA Math
For Instruction and placement
May 5-23
K-2 Spanish Immersion
DORA
For Instruction and Placement
May 5-23
1-3 Chinese Immersion
YCT Assessment (Levels 2-4)
To measure proficiency
May 5-23
7 Chinese Immersion
HSK Assessment (Level 5)
To measure proficiency
May 30
K-5
Record Reading Fluency scores in Skyward
For the next grade level
June 5
K-4 (English and Spanish Immersion)
Record F and P  in Skyward (English and Spanish) Record Spelling Level (English)
For the next grade level teacher
 
 
HIGH SCHOOL ONLY
When
Who
What
Why
Sept. 24
10th Grade
PLAN Test
For Instruction
Oct. 1
11-12
Retest for GRAD Reading / Math-
Summer Remediation
State Mandate
Oct 16
10th-11th Grade
PSAT Test
For Instruction
Nov 6
10-12 needing retesting for GRAD Writing
Retest for GRAD Writing
State Mandate
Nov 12
10-12 needing retesting for GRAD Writing
Retest for GRAD Writing (Make-up)
State Mandate
Nov 12
11-12
Retest for GRAD Reading / Math-
Sem 1 remediation class
State Mandate
March 17 – May 9
11 (Students who completed Biology) (online)
MCA Science
State Mandate
​April 15 9th Grade​ Writing Assessment​ For Instruction​
April 15
10, 11 (paper/pencil)
MCA Reading and Math (Segments 1 & 2)
MCA Reading and Math are Federal Mandates
April 16
10,11 (paper/pencil)
MCA Reading and Math (Segments 3 & 4)
MCA Reading and Math are Federal Mandates
April 23-24 & April 29-30
10,11
MCA (GRAD) Reading, Math Segments 1 - 4  (Make-up)
State Mandate
April 29-30
11 (Students who completed Biology) (online)
MCA Science
State Mandate
May 6-7
11 (Students who completed Biology) (online)
MCA Science (Make-up)
State Mandate
June 4
11-12 needing retesting for GRAD Reading, Math (online)
Retest for GRAD Reading / Math
State Mandate
 
 
ACT Testing Dates (more info)
Test Date​ ​Registration Deadline ​Late Fee Required
​September 21, 2013 ​August 23, 2013 ​August 24-September 6
​October 26, 2013 ​September 27, 2013 ​September 28-October 11
​December 14, 2013 ​November 8, 2013 ​November 9-22
​February 8, 2014 ​January 10, 2014 ​January 11-24
​April 12, 2014 ​March 7, 2014 ​March 8-21
​June 14, 2014 ​May 9, 2014 ​May 10-23
 
SAT Testing Dates (more info)
Test Date​ ​Registration Deadline ​Late Registration Deadline
​September 5, 2013 ​September 6, 2013 ​September 20, 2013
​November 2, 2013 ​October 3, 2013 ​October 18, 2013
​December 7, 2013 ​November 8, 2013 ​November 22, 2013
​January 25, 2014 ​December 27, 2014 ​January 10, 2014
​March 8, 2014 ​February 7, 2014 ​February 21, 2014
​May 3, 2014 ​April 4, 2014 ​April 18, 2014
​June 7, 2014 ​May 9, 2014 ​May 23, 2014
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