2021-22 TESTING INFORMATION
ST. CHARLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 
Testing is used in schools to measure student achievement. State tests are given to students in a district once a year, based on their grade level and subject area. Classroom tests are given by individual teachers on a more regular basis and may include quizzes, mid-terms, chapter tests, and final exams, among others. Both types of tests give educators an idea of how well their students are learning the concepts presented to them in the classroom.
 
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and alternate assessment Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements. Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take the alternate assessment MTAS instead. 
 
Reading MCA III for Grades 3-6
The Reading MCA is an online assessment divided into several segments.  It contains multiple-choice items where the student selects the correct or best response along with technology-enhanced items. 

The MCA Reading Assessment will be completed over the following 3-4 days:
April 6-8, 2022: Grade 3
April 11-15, 2022: Grades 4, 5 and 6

Math MCA III for Grades 3-6
The Mathematics MCA is an online adaptive test. This means that the test will adjust to each student’s skills. The online assessment contains traditional multiple-choice items along with technology-enhanced items where students use the capabilities of the computer to select one or more points on a graphic, drag and drop a graphic from one location to another or manipulate a graph. 

The MCA Math Assessment will be completed over the following 3-4 days:
April 19 - 22, 2022:  Grade 3
April 25 - May 5, 2022: Grades 4, 5 and 6

Science MCA for Grade 5
The Science MCA is an online assessment with traditional multiple-choice items along with technology-enhanced items where the student uses the capabilities of the computer to create a graph or data table, click on a hot spot, or drag images or words into designated response areas. 

The MCA Science Assessment will be completed over the following 1-2 days:
May 6-13, 2022: Grade 5 Only


Additional information on all assessments given to students who attend St. Charles Elementary are provided in the links below.

More detailed information about MCA testing from the Minnesota Department of Education is provided in the links below.