MINNESOTA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENTS - SPRING 2020

TESTING SCHEDULE FOR CACS

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are state tests in reading, math and science that are used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. The tests are administered every year to measure student performance relative to the Minnesota Academic Standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do. At the charter school reading and math tests are administered in grades 3-6 and grade 5 take the science test. All tests are administered online only. Students do not pass or fail the MCA; instead they receive a score that falls in one of four achievement levels--Does Not Meet the Standards, Partially Meets the Standards, Meets the Standards, and Exceeds the Standards.

DATES

ASSESSMENT

GRADES

SUBJECT

PURPOSE

LENGTH OF TIME

DISSEMINATION OF RESULTS

April 14, 15, 16

MCA Reading

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Reading

State Mandated

2.5 to 3.5 hours

Fall Back To School Night

April 21, 22,23

MCA Math

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Math

State Mandated

1.5 to 2.5 hours

Fall Back To School Night

April 29, 30

MCA Science

5th

Science

State Mandated

1.5 to 2 hours

Fall Back To School Night







ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENTS 2019-2020

CACS gives each student a test called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). These tests are part of the Northwest Evaluation Assessments or NWEA. We give students MAP tests to determine each child's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading and Math for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Staff analyzes data from NWEA to set our school goals, individual as well as school wide.

The teachers use the data from the tests to guide their instruction, determine specific skills and concepts that need to be taught and specific strengths and weaknesses of each student, and the class as a whole.


DATES

ASSESSMENT

GRADES

SUBJECT

PURPOSE

LENGTH OF TIME

DISSEMINATION OF RESULTS

Fall

Week of Sept. 16

MAP

MAP

 

K - 6th

K - 6th

 

Reading

Math

 

Measure academic growth

Tests are not timed

Fall Conferences

Winter

Week of Jan. 13

MAP

MAP

K - 6th

K - 6th

Reading

Math

Measure academic growth

Tests are not time

Spring Conferences

Spring Week of May 4th

MAP

MAP

 

K - 6th

K - 6th

 

Reading

Math

 

Measure academic growth

Tests are not timed

Late Spring/final report card