Annual Assessment Calendar

September

  • Fountas & Pinnell Running Reading Records (K-5)
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 10-60 minutes
  • aReading-FASTBRIDGE (K-5) (Second week of September until the second week of October)
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 20-45 minutes
  • aMath (K-5) (Second week of September until the second week of October)
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 20-45 minutes
  • Ed Check Up/FAST for Reading
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 10-15 minutes

Results from September assessments will be shared in the October conferences. FAST results that indicate a need for reading interventions will be shared with families by the end of the month.

January

  • Ed Checkup (FAST) for all students
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 10-15 minutes
  • Fountas & Pinnell Running Reading Records (K-5)
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 10-60 minutes
  • aReading-FASTBRIDGE (K-5) (Second week of September until the second week of October)
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 20-45 minutes
  • aMath (K-5) (Second week of September until the second week of October)
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 20-45 minutes

Results from January assessments will be shared in the February conferences. FAST results that indicate a need for reading interventions will be shared with families by the end of the month.

April

  • MCA and MTAS. These tests are given in the following subjects and grade levels:
    • Math Grades 3-5 (April 1-27)
      Approximate amount of testing time for students: 30-60 minutes
    • Reading Grades 3-5 (April 8-30)
      Approximate amount of testing time for students: 45-90 minutes
    • Science Grade 5 (April 29-30): http://minnesota.pearsonaccessnext.com
      Approximate amount of testing time for students: 30-60 minutes

May

  • Fountas & Pinnell Running Reading Records (K-5)
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 10-60 minutes
  • Ed Checkup for all students
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 10-15 minutes
  • aReading-FASTBRIDGE (K-5) (Second week of September until the second week of October)
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 20-45 minutes
  • aMath (K-5) (Second week of September until the second week of October)
    Approximate amount of testing time for students: 20-45 minutes

Results from Fountas and Pinnell and FAST will be shared in the final report card. Mstrong>All MCA results are mailed out to families late August to early September.

What are the MCAs?

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.

MCA Testing

What are the aReading and aMath Assessments?

aReading (Adaptive Reading) is a computer-administered adaptive measure of broad reading that is individualized for each student, but may be individually or group administered in about 15-45 minutes. Items tap a variety of skills including concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary.

aMath (Adaptive Math) is a fully automated computer adaptive measure of broad math skills. It is individualized for each student, but may be group administered. Items tap a variety of skills including counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, numbers and operations, measurement and data, and geometry. These assessments adapt and individualize to the skills of each student. Students typically complete the assessments in 20-30 minutes, reducing testing time by up to 50-95% compared to traditional tests. Our extensive research has enabled the aMath test of 30 items to replace a traditional 100-item test, with high accuracy and actionable results.