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State Testing Information for Students

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress towards Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  All students in grades 3-8 and 10-11 are required to participate in State testing.  

Testing is used in schools to measure student achievement.  State tests are given to students in a district once a year, based on their grade level and subject area.  Classroom tests are given by teachers on a more regular basis and may include quizzes, mid-terms, chapter tests, and final exams.  Both types of tests give teachers an idea of how well their students are learning the concepts presented to them in the classroom.

The required MCA tests are:
Grade 3: Reading, Mathematics, and Science
Grade 4: Reading and Mathematics
Grade 5: Reading and Mathematics
Grade 6: Reading and Mathematics
Grade 7: Reading and Mathematics
Grade 8: Reading, Mathematics, and Science
Grade 10: Reading and Science
Grade 11: Mathematics

Juniors are also required to take the ACT on April 19, 2017.
Princeton Online Academy Testing Options:

For students in the Princeton Area, testing will occur:
Dates:  April 19, 2017
Location: Princeton Online Academy Learning Lab
                1506 1st Street
                Princeton, MN 55371

For students outside the area, mobile testing centers are arranged within a one hour drive for students to take the test.  Staff will work with families to set up these testing dates.  

Tips for a Great Test Day:
  • The night before:
  • Help your child get to bed on time.  Research shows that being well-rested helps children do better.
  • Keep your routine as normal as possible.  Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.
  • Mention the test to show you're interested.  There's no need to dwell on it if it elicits anxiety.
  • Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.
The morning of the test:
  • Get up early to avoid rushing.  Be sure to have your child to school on time.
  • Have your child eat a good breakfast.  Research shows that children do better if they have a breakfast before test taking.
  • Have your child dress in something comfortable.
  • Be positive about the test.  Acknowledge that tests can be hard and that they're designed so that no one will know all the answers.  Explain that doing your best is what counts.
After the test:
  • Talk to your child about his or her feelings about the test, making sure to acknowledge their effort.
  • Discuss what was easy and what was hard.
  • Discuss what changes your child would make if he or she were to retake the test.