Testing and Assessment


ACCESS Testing

ACCESS Testing: January 25 - April 16, 2021

  • Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
  • Testing in areas of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening.
  • The assessments measure students' academic English language in four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing. The content of the assessments align with the five WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards:
  • Social & Instructional Language
  • Language of Language Arts
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Language of Science
  • Language of Social Studies
  • Testing Rationale: ACCESS Online meets U.S. federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for monitoring and reporting ELLs’ progress toward English language proficiency. Information about ACCESS testing can be found here
  • This video explains what the ACCESS for ELLs assessment is used for, how it measures English language proficiency levels, and how to understand the ACCESS Individual Score Report.
  • Parent GuideThis document helps parents and families understand the ACCESS for ELLs assessment and its components.
  • Alternate ACCESS Testing: This document helps parents and families understand the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment and its components. English / Other languages

Questions about ACCESS?  Please contact Elizabeth Johnson, ELL Teacher, 651.425.4548 or ejohnson1@sowashco.org


MCA Testing

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) and alternate assessments (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). All students are encouraged to take the MCAs regardless of what learning model they are currently participating in, however, testing is only offered on-site, in-person and VLA students will be scheduled with their classes on the dates below. District transportation to school will be provided on the days below for those students who typically receive district transportation services.

Questions about MCA or MTAS? Please contact Katie Burley, Student Achievement Specialist & Instructional Coach, 651.425.4526 or kburley@sowashco.org.

MCA Reading: Friday, April 16th, 2021

  • Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, scheduled through language arts classes on Chromebooks.
  • Testing Rationale: Measure reading proficiency against state standards; Reading college and career readiness score correlates to college entrance standardized tests; Meet federal & state accountability requirements.
  • ViewMCA Reading Sampler (SELECT Grade 6, 7, or 8)
  • View - Activities to strengthen reading skills & prepare for the reading MCA

MCA Math: Friday, April 30th, 2021

  • Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, scheduled through math classes on Chromebooks
  • Testing Rationale: Measure Math proficiency against state standards, Correlate college & career readiness score to college entrance standardized test, Meet federal & state accountability requirements.
  • View MCA Math Sampler (SELECT Grade 6, 7 or 8)
  • View - Activities to strengthen math skills & prepare for the math MCA

MCA Science: Friday, May 7th, 2021

  • Grade 8 only, scheduled through science classes on Chromebooks
  • Testing Rationale: Measure science proficiency against state standards, Meet federal & state accountability requirements.
  • View MCA Science Sampler (SELECT Grade 8)

MTAS (MTA and Alternative Access)

The Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is part of the Minnesota assessment program. The MTAS measures reading, mathematics, and science skills that are linked to the general education curriculum. These skills represent high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities, but tasks to measure these skills are considerably less difficult than the items on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA).

MTAS Reading, Math and Science: March 22-April 1, 2021


 
MCA Results

Students will receive last year's MCA results/scores by fall conferences. Reports are sent home with students.