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District Testing Schedule

District Testing Schedule
Posted on 08/24/2016
District Testing ScheduleListed below are the descriptions of each test administered during the 2016-17 school year.

FAST Reading and Math (grades K-8): 

Reading test is a simple, efficient computer-adaptive measure of broad reading that is individualized for each student, but may be delivered in a group format in about 15-30 minutes. Students with deficits in achievement are identified and receive additional interventions.

Math test is simple, efficient measures of math skills that may be group administered in about 20-30 minutes. Students with deficits in achievement are identified and receive additional interventions.

OLPA MATH and Reading (grades 3-8 math and grades 3-5 reading):

The Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) is available in mathematics for students in grades 3 – 8 and reading grades 3-5.  This assessment helps students familiarize themselves with the MCA online testing format and tools. It also provides teachers with information to target instruction before the MCA tests are given in the spring.

This testing method provides a more precise measure of students' skills and knowledge.  Students are able to pause at any point in the test and resume the test later within the testing window.


MCA Math, Reading, and Science: 

 The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are state tests in mathematics, reading and science that meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). These assessments are given to measure student performance against the Minnesota Academic Standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do. Most students take the MCA, however, students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take the alternate assessment MTAS.

 Reading: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)

Mathematics: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)

Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8, 10)

EXPLORE (8th Grade): 

The EXPLORE is a paper/pencil test given to help students explore college and career readiness.   Students are able to explore possible career interests with the completion of the career interest inventory. 

PLAN (10th Grade): 

The PLAN is a paper/pencil test that is used as a predictor of a future ACT score.  These scores are also used with your student’s school counselor to help plan for college and careers post high school.

ACT (11th Grade):

The ACT is a paper/pencil test offered to all 11th graders as an option to meet the Minnesota graduation requirements. This assessment is used by many colleges as an entrance and placement exam.

Listed below are the testing dates for each individual school.

High School Testing Dates

Pre-ACT Test (10th Grade): November 1st.

ACT (11th Grade): April 19th                                      
  Make-up test date:  May 3rd

MCA Reading (10th Grade):   April 20th & April 21st   
Make-up test date:  April 24th – 28th  

MCA Math (11th Grade): April 27th & April 28th
Make-up test date:  May 1st – 4th  

MCA Science (10th Grade):    May 8th & May 9th                  
Make-up test date:  May 10th – 12th


Middle School Testing Dates

Aspire Testing (8th Grade):                             October 13th

OLPA Math & Reading (6th-8th Grade):         January 30th – February 10th

MCA Math & Reading (6th-8th Grade):          April 17th – May 4th

MCA Science (8th Grade):                              May 8th – 11th


Riverside Elementary Testing Dates

FAST Reading & Math (K-5th Grade):           September 6th – 16th  

FAST Reading & Math (K-5th Grade):           January 3rd – 13th

OLPA Reading & Math (3rd-5th Grade):         January 30th – February 10th

MCA Reading (3rd Grade):                             March 27th – 31st

MCA Reading (4th Grade):                             April 3rd – 7th  

MCA Reading (5th Grade):                             April 10th – 12th

MCA Math (3rd Grade):                                  April 18th – 21st

MCA Math (4th Grade):                                  April 24th – 28th

MCA Math (5th Grade):                                  May 1st – 5th

MCA Science (5th Grade):                              May 8th – 12th  

FAST Reading & Math (K-5th Grade):           May 22nd – 31st

Pleasantview Elementary Testing Dates


FAST Reading & Math (K-5th Grade):           September 13th – 23rd 

FAST Reading & Math (K-5th Grade):           January 3rd – 13th

OLPA Reading & Math (3rd-5th Grade):        January 30th – February 10th

 MCA Reading (Grades 3 – 5):                       April 17-21st

MCA Math (Grades 3 – 5):                             April 24-28th

MCA Make Ups:                                              May 3-6th

MCA Science (Grade 5):                                  May 8-12th

FAST Reading & Math (K-5th Grade):           May 22nd – 31st

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