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Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year.
For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.
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
Princeton Online Academy Testing Options:
For students in the Princeton Area, testing will occur:
Location: Student Services Building
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.