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1. This fall the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is embarking on an important phase in the development of a new MCA-III 10th grade Reading Test by field testing questions. Through a sampling procedure based on state demographics, districts (ours included) around the state have been selected to participate in this field test. We will be giving a pilot 10th Grade Reading test (on-line) on March 1. This will be a stand alone test that has no accommodations. The test will be multiple choice, online (similar to the science tests our students have been taking for a few years), and should take about 50 minutes to complete. The students will be taking their test during their English 10 class on March 1.

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2. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time.

This year, a sample of our 12th grade students will be taking the NAEP 12th grade Economics, Mathematics, or Reading tests. The test will take about 90 minutes to complete. Parents of the students who will be testing have already been notified. Selected students can be excused from participation for any reason and may even skip any test question. To ensure that the NAEP tests reflect the educational progress of all students, students with disabilities and English language learners must be included to the fullest extent possible. At the current time, 38 seniors have been selected to participate. The test date for this year is Feb. 28.

If parents wish to find out more about Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) testing they can visit the Department of Minnesota website at www.education.state.mn.us Go to the "Just for Parents" tab on the top of the page and it will bring you to another page. Click on the "Testing Information" link to find out all you need to know about MCA testing.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 28 - NAEP Testing for 12th grade students

Mid-term Report Cards will be given to 7-12 students

March 1 - MCA III 10th Reading Pilot for 10th Grade Students

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