The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA's) are state tests in mathematics, reading and science that meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are given every year to measure student performance against the Minnesota Academic Standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do.
Saint Paul Public Schools' students in grades 3 through 11 will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments between March 17 and May 9, 2014. The MCA III Reading assessment will be taken on April 15 (segment 1), April 16 (segment 2), April 17 (segment 3), and April 22 (segment 4).
How can students prepare for the tests?
The “Test Preparation Suggestions for Parents and Teachers” handout is available on the Minnesota Department of Education website, with tips on content preparation, general test-taking strategies and using a calculator. View the Test Preparation handout on the website (Go to Just for Parents > Testing Information). Item samplers help students become familiar with the format of the test and provide examples of the types of questions that are on the test. You can find item samplers for each grade and subject on the Minnesota Assessments portal (www.mnstateassessments.org).
Parent Preparation Tips for the MCA-III
Encourage regular attendance:
Turn off distracting electronic devices:
Promote consistent reading:
Ensure students eat
Ensure students are hydrated
Ensure students get a good night's sleep:
Help reduce student's stress:
Ensure students exercise:
Believing in your student's success:
MCA-III Online Item Samplers- try it out!
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) will be given to third through sixth grade students online. Please visit the Minnesota Department of Education site for Online Item Samplers. You can use this site to help your child become familiar with the online MCA test.
Practice & Sample Materials
MCA Online Testing Guide (Newspapers in Education, NIE)
To log in, type mca in both the username and password fields under the student log in option.
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