State Testing Information

State Testing
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.

PLEASE NOTE: Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments scores will soon be used in determining course placement at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. A student’s MCA score could potentially save them significant money by demonstrating that they do not need to take non-credit bearing developmental courses. Click here to learn more.

2017-18 test dates
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Test Security Information for Students
As part of a culture of academic integrity, we would like to remind families and students of the importance of test security and the expectations that students will keep test content secure and act with honesty and integrity during test administration. 

On MCAs, students are expected to do their own best work to show what they know and can do. The following code of conduct is at the beginning of state assessments:
- Do not accept help finding answers to test questions.
- Do not give answers to other students.
- Do not tell others what is on the test.
- There may be consequences if you do not follow directions or if you behave dishonestly

Cell Phones
State assessment procedures state that students may NOT use or access cell phones, wearable technology, or any other devices at any time during testing, including during breaks or when testing is completed.  Parents and students may want to keep these devices at home on testing days.
- If students bring cell phones to a testing rooms the district policy is as follows (this includes wearable devices such as smart watches):
- Student must turns cell phone OFF (not just silenced as personal alarms could still be active).
- Student is given an envelope.
- Student places phone in envelope, seals the envelope.
- Student stores the envelope where it will be inaccessible during testing.
- If a student receives a notification (e.g., ringtone, vibration) during testing, the students must hand the phone (which should be in an envelope) to the Test Monitor.
- If the student does not see the phone screen, the Minnesota Department of Education does not require the district to invalidate the test.
- If there is any question that the student accessed the phone or other electronic device (smart watch), the test must be invalidated. 

Test Security Tip Line
Maintaining the integrity of tests and test items is of great importance to the Minnesota Department of Education. Improper or unethical behavior by students or educators undermines the validity of test score interpretation. Please report suspected incidents of cheating or piracy of test items using the Minnesota Statewide Test Security Tip Line.

Frequently Asked Questions: Why Statewide Test Results Matter
Minnesota’s statewide tests are objective, standardized measures of student achievement on academic or proficiency standards. Students, families, teachers and administrators use statewide test results as part of a comprehensive system for evaluating learning. Answers to frequently asked questions explain the purpose for statewide testing and why it is important to ensure the integrity of test scores: Frequently Asked Questions: Why Statewide Test Results Matter.