STUDENT ASSESSMENT: information for parents in English/en Español
Testing is used in schools to measure student achievement.
Standards-Based Accountability Assessments
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 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 requirements may take the alternate assessment MTAS instead.
The list below indicates tests by subject area, along with the grade levels they are given in.
Statewide Student Assessment
Just for Parents: Minnesota Department of Education information on all aspects of helping your student succeed in school.