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,
 
 
2015-16 Assessment Calendar
When
Who
What
Why
Sept 16- Oct 2
K-8
NWEA Reading and NWEA Math
For Instruction and Placement
Sept 16- Oct 2
1-2 Spanish Immersion
DORA
For Instruction and Placement
Sept 16- Oct 2
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
Oct 1-14
Mtka Preschool and ECSE
Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment
For Instruction
Oct 7
K-5
Record Reading Fluency in Skyward
For Instruction
Jan 4-15
K-8
NWEA Reading and NWEA Math (as needed)
For Instruction and Placement
Jan 4-22
Mtka Preschool and ECSE
Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment
For Instruction
Jan 5-15
K Spanish Immersion
DORA
For Instruction
Jan 5-15
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 22
K-5
Record Reading Fluency in Skyward
For Instruction
Feb 1-March 25
K-12 ELL Students (paper/pencil)
WIDA
Federal Mandate
March 7 – May 6
3-8, 10, 11 (online)
MCA Math, Reading, Science, MTAS
State Mandate
March 7 – May 13
Grade 5,8, 11 (online)
MCA Science
State Mandate
March 7-24
5-7
District Writing Assessments (Send materials to DSC – Matt Rega by Spring Break)
For Language Arts, Math, Science and Global Studies Placement
March 14-24
3-5 Immersion
AAPPL Reading, Speaking, and Listening assessment
To measure proficiency
April 6-15
5
NWEA Science
Placement
April 18-29
Mtka Preschool and ECSE
Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment
For Instruction
April 25-June 3
K-5 All students and 6-8 receiving additional support
Math Benchmark and Reading Fluency
To enter and exit for RtI, measure growth
April 25-May 13
5
Pre-Algebra Assessment
Placement
Second Semester
K-8 Immersion
Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA)
To measure proficiency and establish baseline
May 2-June 3
K-8
NWEA Reading and NWEA Math
For Instruction and placement
May 2-June 3
K-2 Spanish Immersion
DORA
For Instruction and Placement
May 2-20
1-3 Chinese Immersion
YCT Assessment (Levels 2-4)
To measure proficiency
May 2-20
5 Chinese Immersion
HSK Assessment (Level 4)
To measure proficiency
May 16- June 3
6-8 Immersion
STAMP 4S Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening assessment
To measure proficiency
June 3
K-5
Record Reading Fluency scores in Skyward
For the next grade level
June 8
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
 
 
* MCA Reading and Math Assessments will be administered online
 
HIGH SCHOOL ONLY
When
Who
What
Why
Oct 14
11 (paper/pencil)
PSAT Test
For Instruction
Feb 1-March 25
9-12 (paper/pencil)
WIDA ACCESS for ELL
Federal Mandate
March 7 – May 6
10,11 (online)
MCA, MTAS Reading, Math, Science
State Mandate
March 7 – May 13
11 (Students who completed Biology) (online)
MCA Science
State Mandate
TBD
11 (paper/pencil)
ACT Plus Writing
State Mandate
 
ACT Plus Writing is required to be offered to students during the 2015-16 school year, however, it is not a requirement for graduation.
 
Additional details regarding state testing requirements will be shared during the 2015-16 state assessment conference.
 
ACT Testing Dates (more info)
 
Test Date​
​Registration Deadline
​Late Fee Required
September 12, 2015
August 7, 2015
August 8–21, 2015
October 24, 2015
September 18, 2015
September 19–October 2, 2015
December 12, 2015
November 6, 2015
November 7–20, 2015
February 6, 2016
January 8, 2016
January 9–15, 2016
April 9, 2016
March 4, 2016
March 5–18, 2016
June 11, 2016
May 6, 2016
May 7–20, 2016
 
SAT Testing Dates (more info)
 
Test Date​
​Registration Deadline
​Late Registration Deadline
October 3, 2015
September 3, 2015
September 22, 2015
November 7, 2015
October 9, 2015
October 27, 2015
December 5, 2015
November 5, 2015
November 23, 2015
January 23, 2016
December 28, 2015
January 12, 2016
March 5, 2016
February 5, 2016
February 23, 2016
May 7, 2016
April 8, 2016
April 26, 2016
June 4, 2016
May 5, 2016
May 25, 2016
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