The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment Program consists of reading, written composition, and mathematics tests given to students in Grades 3-11.
These tests have two purposes:
(1) to assure that students are making progress toward achievement of state standards, and
(2) to identify areas of strength or needed improvement within the district’s curriculum program.
The MCA testing program data is shared with parents and is used to make recommendations about the districts education programming. Principals and teachers review the data to identify individual student needs and program adjustments to be considered and implemented. While these tests provide only a snapshot of student achievement, the district uses this information to the fullest extent possible.
More information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education website.