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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

Assessments

State Assessments

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) and alternate assessments (MCA-Modified and 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 one of the alternate assessments instead. The list below gives the tests available for each subject, with grades given in parentheses behind each test.

  • Reading: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)
  • Mathematics: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)
  • Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8 and high school)

Results from these assessments will be disseminated yearly during fall conferences.

Testing Schedule: 2018-19 School Year

The Minnesota Department of Education has published the Testing Schedule for the 2018-19 school year. Specific testing schedules for each site can be viewed by clicking on the school below. Any changes to these dates will be updated ongoing.

Minnesota Statewide Test Security Tip Line

Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing
Click on the link above or the image below to access the full-size form (3 pages)



Graduation Assessments (as indicated by MDE)

Districts have a number of requirements to fulfill for students’ career and college planning, but students first enrolled in grade 8 in 2012–2013 and later are not required to achieve a specified score on an assessment in order to graduate or meet graduation assessment requirements.

Additional resources are available on the Minnesota Department of Education website.

District Assessments

Benchmark assessments serve three purposes:

  1. Allow students to be screened to monitor their academic progress. Students below benchmark are identified for further assessment.
  2. Help set a baseline for school goal setting purposes.
  3. Provide data on school programming effectiveness.

See the detailed information regarding benchmarking windows, types of assessments, and grade levels being assessed below.

Testing Overview

FastBridge • Reading, Math

The purpose is to monitor student achievement in reading and math
Grades: K-12
Use of results:

  • Monitor academic progress
  • Provide data for goal setting
  • Provide data for program effectiveness

Timeline: Fall, winter, spring
Estimated test administration time: Approximately 45 minutes total for all tests per grade level per testing window

MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment)

The purpose is to monitor student achievement and curriculum in math, reading, and science
Grades: 3-8, 10, 11
Use of results:

  • Individual student achievement
  • Review for instruction and placement
  • School and district accountability for achievement

Timeline: Spring
Estimated test administration time: Reading: 2-3.5 hours, Math: 1.5-2.5 hours, Science: 1.75-2 hours

MTAS (Minnesota Test of Academic Skills)

This test is administered to students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria
Grades: 3-8, 10, 11
Use of results:

  • Individual student achievement
  • Review for instruction and placement
  • School and district accountability for achievement

Timeline: Spring, as scheduled

ACCESS (English Language Proficiency)

This test is administered to English learners in order to measure progress toward meeting Minnesota’s standards for English language development
Use of results:

  • Individual student achievement
  • Review for instruction and placement
  • School and district accountability for achievement

Timeline: Winter
Estimated test administration time: Listening/Reading: 75 minutes, Writing: 75 minutes, Speaking: 15 minutes

Alternate ACCESS

This test is administered to English learners who received special education services and meet the participation guidelines
Use of results:

  • Individual student achievement
  • Review for instruction and placement
  • School and district accountability for achievement

Timeline: Winter
Estimated test administration time: Variable, based on student need

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

The purpose is an essential measurement of student achievement in the United States. It is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what our nation's students know and can do in various subjects. The results of NAEP are released as the nation's report card.

Timeline: Winter
Estimated test administration times: Math and Reading: 2 hours each. Each student will be assessed in only one subject.

ACT (American College Testing)

The purpose is standardized college readiness assessment for high school achievement and college admissions
Grades: 11, 12
Use of results:

  • College admission
  • Counseling students for college
  • When available, scores are posted online and accessed using your secure ACT web account.

Timeline: Spring
Estimated test administration times: As scheduled

Civics Test

The state mandated civics test will be administered to students enrolling in the ninth grade for the 2018-19 school year or later. The civics test will be administered one time in a student's high school career during a social studies period of approximately 50 minutes. Extended time will be given to those students who need it. Additionally, students may be given multiple opportunities to pass the assessment.

Answers to frequently asked questions, including the purpose of the civics test, can be found by clicking here.

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