Testing Information

Test Testing Dates
Fall NWEA: 1st – 5th Grade September 10th - 28th
CogAt: 2nd & 4th Grade November 27th – December 7th
Winter NWEA: K– 5th Grade January 3rd – February 8th
ACCESS: K – 5th Grade EL Students February 4th – 22nd
MCA Science: 5th Grade March 11th –  21st
MCA Reading: 3rd – 5th Grade March 11th –  21st
MCA Math: 3rd – 5th Grade April 2nd – 19th
Spring NWEA: K – 5th Grade April 29th – May 17th

Glossary of Tests

NWEA

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are administered twice annually to all students in grades K-8 in Math and Reading. These assessments are used to monitor student achievement and growth as compared to student-alike groups nationwide.

Results can be viewed in Skyward Family Access.

CogAt

Cognitive Abilities Test includes Verbal, Nonverbal, and Quantitative assessments and is used for student advancement identification.

Results can be viewed in Skyward Family Access.

ACCESS

ACCESS for English Language Learners and Alternate ACCESS for English Language Learners is the state required English Language Proficiency assessment for all students identified as English Learners in grades K-12.

Each year, MDE sends paper Individual Student Reports (ISR) to the school district. Once received, ISRs will be shared with you by your child’s school or teacher. Results can be viewed in Skyward Family Access.

MCA Math, Reading, and Science

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment is required by the state and measures student progress toward Minnesota academic standards in Reading (grades 3-8 and 10), Math (grades 3-8 and 11), and Science (grades 5, 8, and HS).

Each year, MDE sends paper Individual Student Reports (ISR) to the school district. Once received in the district, ISRs will be distributed during August Back-to-school events or during fall conferences. Results can be viewed in Skyward Family Access.