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    2019-20 District Test Schedule

    Elementary Test Schedule:
    September 4 – 27: Fall FAST Benchmark Grades K–5
    January 2 – 24: Winter FAST Benchmark Grades K–5
    January 27 – Mar 20: ACCESS Test Window for ELL students
    March 16 – May 1: MCA/MTAS Math & Reading and MTAS Science Test Window for Grades 3–5
    April 27 – May 22: Spring FAST Benchmark Grades K–5
    May 4 – May 8: MCA Science Test Window for Grade 5

    Middle School Test Schedule:
    September 4 – 27: Fall FAST Benchmark Grade 6
    January 2 – 24: Winter FAST Benchmark Grade 6
    January 27 – Mar 20: ACCESS Test Window for ELL students
    March 16 – May 1: MCA/MTAS Math & Reading and MTAS Science Test Window for Grades 6–8
    April 27 – May 22: Spring FAST Benchmark Grade 6
    May 4 – 8: MCA Science Test Window for Grade 8

    High School Test Schedule:
    October 16: PSAT Test for Grade 11
    January 27 – Mar 20: ACCESS Test Window for ELL students
    March 16 – May 1: MCA/MTAS Reading Test for Grade 10 and MCA/MTAS Math Test for Grade 11 and MTAS

    Science Test Window

    March 24: ACT Plus Writing Test for Grade 11 (or Grade 12 if not taken in Grade 11)
    April 27 – May 8: MCA Science Test Window
    May 4 – 15: Advanced Placement Tests

    *This testing schedule is subject to change based on changes from the Minnesota Department of Education.
    Assessment Purpose/Amount of Time/Results:
    FAST: The FAST assessment series from FastBridge is used to identify students who are at risk of reading and/or math failure. 10 minutes per
    subject for grades K-1; 45 minutes per subject for grades 2-6. Results shared at conferences.
    MCA: The MCA tests for math, reading, and science are state and federal accountability tests used to determine instructional effectiveness. 2-3.5
    hours for reading; 1.5-2.5 hours for math; 1.75-2 hours for science. Preliminary results shared late May. Final results provided at open house in fall.
    MTAS: The MTAS tests for math, reading, and science are state and federal accountability tests used to determine instructional effectiveness for
    select special education students. 30-90 minutes per subject. Results provided at open house in fall.
    ACCESS: The ACCESS test is used to determine how well our English Learners are acquiring English language skills in the areas of listening, reading,
    writing, and speaking. 2 hours. Results provided at open house in fall.
    ACT Plus Writing: The ACT Plus Writing is offered to all juniors (and seniors who didn’t test as juniors) to meet state requirements for college
    entrance exams. 4 hours. Results provided via ACT in summer.
    PSAT: The PSAT is an optional college entrance exam and National Merit Scholar qualifying assessment offered to all juniors. 2.75 hours. Results
    provided via College Board in late fall.
    Advanced Placement Tests: Advanced Placement tests are offered for a variety of subjects/courses to determine the awarding of college credit. 2
    hours per subject. Results provided via College Board in summer.