According to the Minnesota Department of Education,
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 primary purpose of the Standards-Based Accountability Assessments is to measure achievement on the Minnesota Academic Standards. Districts and schools use the results to inform curricular decisions. Parents use the results to monitor the academic progress of their children over the years.
Minnesota public districts and schools, including charter schools, are required to assess all students in the required grades who are enrolled in the district during the state’s accountability window. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet the MTAS eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.
To enhance transparency in the assessment process, districts are required to list the standardized assessments that take place in their schools.
Below you will find the assessment calendar as well as information for each assessment. Each assessment also contains a link where parents and students can gather more information about each assessment.