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,
 
 
2014-15 Assessment Calendar
 
When
Who
What
Why
Sept 10-26
K-8
NWEA Reading and NWEA Math
For Instruction and Placement
Sept 10-26
1-2 Spanish Immersion
DORA
For Instruction and Placement
Sept 10-26
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 29-Feb 20
3-8, 10 and 11 (online)
Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) Math and Reading assessment
For Instruction (Optional) to help with MCA due to discontinued retest
Oct 3
K-5
Record Reading Fluency in Skyward
For Instruction
Nov 3-21
8 & 10 (paper/pencil)
EXPLORE and PLAN
For Instruction
Jan 5-16
K-8
NWEA Reading and NWEA Math (as needed)
For Instruction and Placement
Jan 5-16
K Spanish Immersion
DORA
For Instruction
Jan 5-16
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 23
K-5
Record Reading Fluency in Skyward
For Instruction
Feb 2-March 20
K-12 ELL Students (paper/pencil)
WIDA
Federal Mandate
March 9 – May 8
3-8, 10, 11 (online)
MCA Math, Reading, Science, MTAS
State Mandate
March 9 – May 15
Grade 5,8, 11 (online)
MCA Science, MTAS
State Mandate
March 9-26
5
Cold Write Assessment (Send materials to DSC – Matt Rega by Spring Break)
For Placement
March 16-27
3-5 Immersion
AAPPL Reading, Speaking, and Listening assessment
To measure proficiency
April 6-10
5
NWEA Science
Placement
April 27-May 29
K-5 All students and 6-8 receiving additional support
Math Benchmark and Reading Fluency
To enter and exit for RtI, measure growth
April 27-May 8
5
Pre-Algebra Assessment
Placement
May 4-29
K-7 Immersion
Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA)
To measure proficiency and establish baseline
May 4-29
K-8
NWEA Reading and NWEA Math
For Instruction and placement
May 4-29
K-2 Spanish Immersion
DORA
For Instruction and Placement
May 4-22
1-3 Chinese Immersion
YCT Assessment (Levels 2-4)
To measure proficiency
May 4-22
5 Chinese Immersion
HSK Assessment (Level 4)
To measure proficiency
May 19- June 5
6-7 Immersion
STAMP 4S Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening assessment
To measure proficiency
May 29
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 15
11 (online)
Compass (College Placement Diagnostic Assessment)
State Mandate
Sept 29-Feb 20
10 and 11 (online)
Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) Math and Reading assessment
For Instruction (Optional) to help with MCA due to discontinued retest
Oct 15
11 (paper/pencil)
PSAT Test
For Instruction
Nov 3-21
10 (paper/pencil)
PLAN Test
State Mandate
Nov 5
11-12 (paper/pencil)
Retest for GRAD Writing
State Mandate
Jan 5
10 (online)
Compass (College Placement Diagnostic Assessment)
State Mandate
Feb 2-March 20
9-12 (paper/pencil)
WIDA ACCESS for ELL
Federal Mandate
March 9 – May 8
10,11 (online)
MCA, MTAS Reading and Math
State Mandate
March 9 – May 15
11 (Students who completed Biology) (online)
MCA Science, MTAS
State Mandate
April 8
11-12 (paper/pen
Retest for GRAD Writing
State Mandate
April 28
11 (paper/pencil)
ACT Plus Writing
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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