2020-2021 Testing Calendar

Elementary Testing Dates:
Fall FAST Testing Window 9/8 - 22/2020
Late Fall FAST Testing 10/21 - 11/4/2020
Winter FAST Testing 1/6 - 20/2021
MTAS Grades 3/4, 5, 9, 10, 11/2021
MCA Reading Grades 3-6 Testing 4/20 - 23/2021
MCA Reading Make-up Grades 3-6 4/27, 28/2021
MCA Math Grade 3-6 Testing 4/27 - 30/2021
MCA Reading/Math Make-up Grades 3-6 5/4, 5/2021
MCA Science Grade 5 Testing 5/4, 5/2021
MCA Science Make-up Grade 5 5/6, 7/2021
Spring FAST Testing 5/4 - 25/2021

High School Testing Dates:
ACCESS for ELLS 9/14, 21/2020
PSAT Grade 11 10/14/2020
PRE ACT Grade 10 11/23/2020
CSWA 1/12-15/2021
MTAS Grades 7,8,10,11 3/4, 5, 9-11/2021
ACCESS for ELLS 3/1, 8, 2021
ACT Grade 11 4/13/2021
MCA Reading Grade 7 & 8 4/20 - 23/2021
MCA Reading Make-up Grades 7 & 8 4/27, 28/2021
MCA Math Grade 7 & 8 4/27 - 30/2021
MCA Math 11 4/27, 28/2021
MCA Read 10 4/27, 28/2021
AP Calculus 5/4/2021
MCA Science 8 5/4, 5/2021
MCA Science 10 5/4, 5/2021
MCA Science Make-up Grade 8 & 10 5/6, 7/2020
Accuplacer Grade 10 & 11 5/14/2020


MCA testing will take place in the AM on the dates above starting sometime after 8:15 AM and ending at approximately 10 AM.  MCA reading tests take 2-3.5 hours, MCA math tests take 1.5-3 hours, and MCA science takes 1.5-2.5 hours to complete.  We have set aside two days for math and reading but MCA tests are not timed so students will be allowed additional time if necessary.

ACT testing will start 1st hour and be completed sometime 4th hour.

The purpose of these assessments is to measure each student's achievement level for the specified subject, to guide instruction, to measure progress over time, & in some cases provide information related to career and college readiness.  

Test results will be made available as soon as possible after closing the test or test window.  The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the website at http://education.state.mn.us includes information for parents including testing calendars, user guides, test specifications, and technical reports.

Student Participation in Statewide Assessments
Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.31, subdivision 4a, requires the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to publish a form for parents/guardians to complete if they refuse to have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments. The Parent/Guardian Guide to Statewide Testing document provides some basic information to help parents/guardians make informed decisions that benefit their child and their school and community. The form to meet this legislative requirement is available at the link below; it must be returned to your student's district. Your student’s district may require additional information.
Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing Form