Statewide Testing

NAEP Test Date

(National Assessment of Educational Progress) 


8th Grade Only
Feb. 8

MCA Test Dates

3rd – 8th Grade:
Reading April 11-14
Math April 19-22

Make-up Testing:
April 25-28

5th & 8th Grade:
Science May 4 & 5

Make-up Testing:
May 9-12

Participation In Statewide Testing and Opt-Out Information

Parent Fact Sheets

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA), Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are available in downloadable and printable Parent Fact Sheets. A test-preparation fact sheet is also available. See the document list below. Translated versions of these fact sheets are available under Translated Documents, below.


Student Participation in Statewide Assessments

Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.31, subdivision 4a, requires the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to publish a form for parents/guardians to complete if they refuse to have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments. It includes some basic information to help parents/guardians make informed decisions that benefit their child and their school and community. The form to meet this legislative requirement is available at the link below. When completed, it must be returned to your student’s district; your student’s district may require additional information.


Frequently Asked Questions: Why Statewide Test Results Matter

Minnesota’s statewide tests are objective, standardized measures of student achievement on academic or proficiency standards. Students, families, teachers and administrators use statewide test results as part of a comprehensive system for evaluating learning. Answers to frequently asked questions explain the purpose for statewide testing and why it is important to ensure the integrity of test scores: