The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) is just one measure of student learning that our teachers use to inform our instruction and plan for supporting students as they learn and grow. This year it is even more important to gather as much information as we can to determine student needs and make strong instructional decisions moving forward. The MCA will tell us how well we are teaching academic standards based on student performance in Reading, Math, and Science. We can then reflect and target standards and lessons to meet the needs of our students in the upcoming school year!
You can help your child do their best! Here are some suggestions:
- Optimize brain power: make sure your child gets enough sleep and has a good breakfast the day of the test. Drink lots of water to feed the brain too!
- Encourage good study habits and thinking skills: READ together at home!
- Be at school: Avoid appointments or vacations during the testing dates for your grade level. Students will perform better when they are with their classmates than if they are testing in a separate space on a make-up date. (see testing date below – they have recently been updated!)
- Relax and remain positive: testing can make people nervous – even parents! Encourage your child to do their best, but reassure them that there is no pressure to BE the best! Discuss relaxation techniques like taking deep breaths to relieve tension during testing.
Staples-Motley ISD 2170 MCA Testing Dates
|3rd-4th Grade Reading||April 7-9|
|5th-8th Reading||April 13-15|
|3rd-4th Grade Math||April 20-22|
|5th-8th Grade Math||April 27-30|
|Science 5th, 8th, Biology||May 4-6|
|11th Grade Math (CHANGE!)||May 10-13|
|10th Grade Reading (CHANGE!)||May 10-13|
Click on this link and find “Enter Family Site” for learning resources and parent resources specific to your child’s grade level. You may also find your child’s specific “Learning Locator” number on the MCA Individual Student Report you received last fall, or ask your child’s teacher and we can get that for you.
Covid protocols will be followed for all test administrations. Due to test security factors, students who have chosen Distance Learning for 2020-21 will be required to come to a school building to participate in MCA/MTAS testing. Dates and times for this can be arranged with Distance Learning coordinators. If you are unable to come to the school building due to Covid concerns, please discuss this with your Distance Learning coordinator.
If you have more questions about MCA testing, please contact your child’s teacher, Principal or the District Assessment Coordinator (Debbie Ferdon – email@example.com 218-894-5400 ext 3506).