State and Local-Use Testing Information


Please contact our Assessment Coordinator Ms. Falgier if you have questions about these tests. 
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TEST NAME GRADE TESTED DATE(S) TEST CATEGORY Required? Test Length
Fall STAR testing all grades 9-12 by Sept. 20 local yearly progress required** approx. 1.5 hrs.
ASVAB 10; 11-12 by sign-up Feb. 1 post-secondary planning required** approx. 3 hrs.
Winter STAR testing all grades 9-12 by Feb. 15 local yearly progress required** approx. 1.5 hrs.
ACT  grade 11 April 6 ^ post-secondary planning required** approx 5 hrs.
MCA Reading grade 10 April 20 state required required* approx 2 hrs.
MCA Math grade 11 April 20 state required required* approx. 2 hrs.
MCA Science students
taking Biology
April 27 state required required* approx. 2 hrs.
Spring STAR testing all grades 9-12 by May 20 local yearly progress required** approx 1.5 hrs.

*  required by the Minnesota Department of Education
** required by East Range Academy and its authorizer Osprey Wilds
^  students with SPED accommodations may be allowed to test on March 30 with extended time


 
Tests Organized By Grade Level

GRADE 9 STUDENTS
By September 20             Fall STAR testing  (required)
By Feb. 15                       Winter STAR testing (required)
By May 20                        Spring STAR testing  (required)
There are currently no MCA state assessments for 9th grade students.


GRADE 10 STUDENTS

By September 20             Fall STAR testing  (required)
February 1                        ASVAB (required)
By February 15                 Winter STAR testing (required)
April 20                             MCA Reading (required)
April 27                             MCA Science (only required for students in Biology/Life-Science)

By May 20                        Spring STAR testing  (required)

GRADE 11 STUDENTS

By September 20             Fall STAR testing  (required)
February 1                        ASVAB (optional for 11th graders)
By February 15                 Winter STAR testing (required)
April 20                             MCA Math (required)
March 30                          ACT on paper with approved Special Education accommodations
April 6                               ACT online (required)
April 27                             MCA Science (only required for students in Biology/Life-Science)

By May 20                        Spring STAR testing  (required)


GRADE 12 STUDENTS
By September 20             Fall STAR testing  (required)
Feb. 1                               ASVAB (optional)
By February 15                Winter STAR testing (required)
April 27                             MCA Science (only required for students in Biology/Life-Science)

By May 20                        Spring STAR testing  (required)




General Information

MCA-III READING AND MATH TESTING

What MCA tests do students take?  The 10th graders take the MCA-III Reading, and the 11th graders take the MCA-III Mathematics.  Certain students who qualify for Special Education services may be assigned a different test, such as the MTAS (see the section below for details specific to the MTAS).   Freshmen and Seniors do not take MCA math or reading tests.

When are the tests?   The calendars above show when each test is scheduled to be administered.  Our website and Facebook will also announce these dates.  
Students should absolutely not miss school on testing days.  If an absence is 100% unavoidable, make-up testing will be held as student and staff schedules permit.  It is ALWAYS better to test on the scheduled testing days due to the silent test environment.

Where do they test?   Students are assigned specific classrooms at ERATS where they will test.  These will be posted at the front desk on the morning of each test, or a staff member will direct the student to the appropriate room.

Why do we take these tests?   The Minnesota Department of Education requires public schools to administer the MCA and MTAS tests.  The tests are based on Minnesota's academic standards and assess what students should have learned and mastered over their elementary, middle school, and high school years.  These tests are required by the Dept. of Education, but they have no bearing on a student's graduation requirements.

How can my student benefit from taking the MCA tests?   Minnesota colleges and universities look at student MCA scores to determine if that student requires non-credit remedial coursework during their first year.  If a student scores high enough on the MCA tests, they are exempted from these remedial courses.  Since these courses cost money, it literally pays to do well on the MCA if the student has college plans.

How will students test?   The MCA-III tests are all taken on the computer; there is no paper-pencil format available.  Calculators are always allowed on the MCA math test, but not on the STAR math test without specific Special Education IEP accommodations.  There are no time limits on MCA tests.  Students are not allowed to listen to music or access a phone during any test.

When are my student's results available?  Official results forms will be given to families no later than Fall Conferences.

What if I have more questions about testing?   Please visit Minnesota's Department of Education testing website for more information about testing requirements.  In the event you wish to opt-out of state testing, the required form can be printed here.  The form must be received BEFORE test day.


 
MTAS Testing
A small percentage students who qualify for Special Education services also qualify to take the MTAS in place of the MCAs.  More information can be found here.  For the MTAS, the student tests one-on-one with a Special Education teacher.  Most MTAS tests are administered the same day as the MCA-III tests.  There are no time limits on MTAS tests.  Official results forms will be given to families no later than Fall Conferences.
 
MCA-III SCIENCE TESTING
 
Any student who completes Biology in the 2020-2021 school year must take the MCA Science test.  This is an online test.  This test is required by the Dept. of Ed. but has no bearing on a student's graduation requirements.  Official results forms will be given to families no later than Fall Conferences.
 
STAR Testing
ERATS' sponsor, Osprey Wilds, requires a local test to measure each student's growth during the school year.  The STAR tests in Reading and Math are much shorter than the MCAs and show student progress over the school year, which is something MCAs cannot do at the high school level.  These tests are given at the start, middle, and end of the school year.  Teachers will discuss results with students during Advisement class.  Parents/guardians who are interested in receiving printouts of their students' STAR test results should talk with their student's teacher team.
 
ACT Testing
All 11th graders will take the ACT online.  There is no fee to take the test at ERATS.  Some Special Education students may qualify for extended time and/or paper accommodations; the SPED team will make arrangements as needed.
The ACT is used by many colleges to assess college readiness, and some require a minimum score to enroll.  The ACT also contains an interest inventory which is useful for all students regardless of the test score earned.
ACT information and resources are available at ACT.org.

Results are mailed to the student by ACT, and the school also receives a copy for the student's permanent file.
 
 
ASVAB Testing
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a free test administered by military representatives.  Students do NOT have to be planning on military service in order to participate.  Scores are NOT released to the military unless the student requests so.  The test results provide a detailed skills inventory that can assist students with post-secondary planning.
The ASVAB asks questions that measure these topics:  Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, General Science, Mechanical Comprehension, Electronics Information, Assembling Objects, and Auto & Shop Information.
A score interpretation session is held at the school approximately two weeks after the test is given.




TESTING SECURITY
Click here for our Testing Security Document (required by the MN Dept. of Ed.).
Testing may be administered in different ways this year due to COVID-19--methods that the current security document does not cover.  MDE has advised districts that we do not need to change our official security document to reflect virus-related contingencies, since they may only be needed for this unique year.
If you would like more information, please contact District Assessment Coordinator Emily Falgier.



edited 1/20/2022 by EF

Contact: Emily Falgier