Testing and Assessment

Through screening, testing, classroom assignments and observation, Minnetonka teachers and administrators are able to develop a complete profile of your child's achievement and curricular strengths and weaknesses. This academic profile is used to personalize learning, develop curriculum and determine appropriate academic placement.

Compared to national norms and statewide test results, Minnetonka students perform exceedingly well!

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Screening (ages 3-5)

Early Childhood Screening is a free, developmental check-up required by the State of Minnesota for all preschool-aged children (ages three to five) before attending public school. Please visit the Early Childhood Screening page for more information and forms.

Preschool and ECSE

Results of the Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment are used to plan instruction and personalized learning for each student.

AgesAssessmentTimeframe
Preschool and Early Childhood
Special Education (ECSE)

Teaching Strategies GOLDSept. 12-Nov. 18
Nov. 21-Feb. 24
Feb. 27-May 19

Elementary School (K-5)

Kindergarten Assessments

Kindergarten assessments take place Tuesday and Wednesday after Labor Day. The 30-minute assessment period gives teachers, parents and students an important opportunity to engage one-on-one before the first day of school on Thursday. Kindergarten teachers assess each child's math and reading skills in a welcoming environment to gain a very early picture of students' unique needs.

  • Math assessment could include: number recognition, number writing, counting, shape recognition and other early math skills
  • Reading assessment could include: letter recognition (including upper and lowercase), letter sounds, rhyming, ability to read high-frequency words and other early reading skills

State and District Assessments

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

MCAs are mandated by the state of Minnesota. They help schools and districts measure student progress toward the state’s academic standards.

GradeTestTesting Window
3-4MCA Reading and MathMarch 6-May 5
5MCA Reading, Math and ScienceMarch 6-May 12

Reading Fluency checks

Students reading fluency is assessed three times a year to measure progress in oral reading fluency (a measure of reading accuracy and rate). It also has a high correlation with students’ reading comprehension. Learn more about reading fluency assessments in Minnetonka schools.

GradeTestTesting Window
K-5Reading FluencySeptember 9-October 7
Recorded in Skyward October 7
K-5Reading FluencyJanuary 3-13
Recorded in Skyward January 24
K-5Reading FluencyApril 25-June 3
Recorded in Skyward June 9

Math Benchmark

Students are assessed, as needed, three times a year to measure progress toward mastery of state math standards.

GradeTestTesting Window
K-5, as neededMath BenchmarkSeptember 9-October 7
K-5, as neededMath BenchmarkJanuary 3-13
K-5, as neededMath BenchmarkApril 25-June 3

district writing assessments

DIstrict writing assessments are used in part to determine language arts, math, science and global studies placement. See the Middle School Academic Honors page for details on placement criteria.

GradeTestTesting Window
5District Writing AssessmentsMarch 6-24
Pre-Algebra Assessment

Administered to 5th grade students for placement in Pre-Algebra in 6th grade.

GradeTestTesting Window
5Pre-Algebra AssessmentApril 24-May 12

Nationally Normed Tests

NWEA measures of academic progress

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) assessment determines your child's instructional level and measures academic growth from year to year in mathematics, reading and science. They are computer-based adaptive tests (presenting easier or more challenging questions based on incorrect or correct responses) that pinpoint each student's instructional level. Learn more about NWEA testing.

GradeTestTesting Window
K-5*NWEA Reading and MathSeptember 12-30
January 3-13, if needed
May 2-June 3
5*NWEA ScienceApril 5-13

*Results from the 5th grade NWEA tests are used to help determine placement in honors or accelerated coursework in middle school. See the Middle School Academic Honors page for more information on placement criteria.

WIDA for English Language Learners (ELL)

WIDA is a federally mandated test to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English language proficiency.

GradeTestTesting Window
K-5WIDA for ELLsJanuary 30-March 24

Language Immersion Tests

Language Immersion Tests IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Students in Chinese and Spanish Immersion are tested to establish an academic baseline and measure language proficiency.

GradeTestTesting Window
1-2 SpanishIstationSept. 9-30
K-5 SpanishFAST ReadingSept. 9-Oct. 7
K-5 ImmersionIntegrated Performance Assessment (IPA)Second Semester
K SpanishIstationJanuary 3-13
K-5 SpanishFAST ReadingJanuary 3-13
3-5 ImmersionAAPPL Reading, Speaking and ListeningMarch 6-24
K-5 SpanishFAST ReadingApril 25-June 3
1-3 ChineseYCT (Levels 2-4)May 1-19
5 ChineseHSK (Level 4)May 1-19
K-2 SpanishIstationMay 1-31

Middle School (6-8)

State Tests and District Assessments

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

MCAs are mandated by the state of Minnesota. They help schools and districts measure student progress toward the state’s academic standards.

GradeTestTesting Window
6-7MCA Reading and MathMarch 6-May 5
8MCA Reading, Math and ScienceMarch 6-May 12


MATH BENCHMARK

Students in 6th through 8th grades, who receive additional math support, are assessed, as needed, three times a year to measure progress toward mastery of state math standards.

GradeTestTesting Window
6-8 needing extra support, as neededMath BenchmarkSeptember 9-October 7
January 3-13
April 25-June 3


DISTRICT WRITING ASSESSMENTS

District writing assessments are used in part to determine language arts, math, science and global studies placement. See the Middle School Academic Honors page for details on placement criteria.

GradeTestTesting Window
6-7District Writing AssessmentsMarch 6-24

Nationally Normed Tests

NWEA TESTS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) tests determine your child's instructional level and measure academic growth from year to year in mathematics, reading and science. They are adaptive tests (presenting more challenging questions as a child answers correctly) that pinpoint each student's instructional level. Learn more about the NWEA tests.

GradeTestTimeframe
6-8NWEA Reading and MathSeptember 12-30

January 3-13, if needed
April 24-June 2

6NWEA ScienceMay 1-June 2


WIDA FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)

WIDA is a federally mandated test to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English language proficiency.

GradeTestTimeframe
6-8WIDA for ELLsJanuary 30-March 24

Language Immersion Tests

LANGUAGE IMMERSION TESTS IN Middle SCHOOL

Students in Chinese and Spanish Immersion are tested to measure language proficiency.

GradeTestTesting Window
6-8Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA)Second semester
6-8STAMP Reading, Writing, Listening and SpeakingFebruary 6-24
6-8 ChineseHSK Assessment (Level 5 or 6)May 1-19

High School (9-12)

PSAT: National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

Official PSAT/NMSQT* Test Wednesday, October 19, at MHS

Learn More and Register by September 21

Junior Year

Even if students do not plan to take the SAT, they must take the PSAT as a junior to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. MHS juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT, offered during the school day at MHS.

Students who qualify as National Merit Semifinalists are notified during September of their senior year, about one year after taking the PSAT. National Merit Semifinalists are highly sought college recruits. In addition to National Merit Scholarships, many colleges and universities offer their own significant scholarships that can amount to thousands of dollars each year, half-tuition, etc.

Sophomore year

Sophomores may also take the PSAT 10 test at Minnetonka High School as a practice test before junior year. (PSAT 10 is not considered for entry in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.)

*Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

ACT

REGISTER FOR THE ACT

ACT Test DatesACT Registration DeadlinesLate Fee Required
September 10, 2016August 7, 2016August 8-19, 2016
October 22, 2016September 16, 2016September 17-30, 2016
December 10, 2016November 4, 2016November 5-18, 2016
February 11, 2017January 13, 2017January 14-20, 2017
April 8, 2017March 3, 2017March 4-17, 2017
April 19, 2017
(offered during the school day at MHS)
Important Note: You will register for this in-school test through MHS.
Registration typically opens in January; look for details later in the year.
N/A
June 10, 2017May 5, 2017May 6-19, 2017

SAT

REGISTER FOR THE SAT

SAT Test DatesSAT Registration DeadlinesLate Registration Deadlines
October 1, 2016September 1, 2016September 20, 2016
November 5, 2016October 7, 2016October 25, 2016
December 3, 2016November 3, 2016November 22, 2016
January 21, 2017December 21, 2016January 10, 2017
March 11, 2017February 10, 2017February 28, 2017
May 6, 2017April 7, 2017April 25, 2017
June 3, 2017May 9, 2017May 24, 2017

Language Immersion Tests

GradeTestTesting Window
9-10 ImmersionSTAMP Reading, Writing, Listening and SpeakingFebruary 6-24
9-10 ChineseHSK Assessment (Level 5 or 6)May 1-19

MCAs

MINNESOTA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENTS (MCA)

MCAs are mandated by the state of Minnesota. They help schools and districts measure student progress toward the state’s academic standards.

GradeTestTesting Window
10MCA Reading (or MTAS)March 6-May 5
11MCA Math (or MTAS)
March 6-May 12
11MCA Science (for students who are enrolled in or have completed biology)March 6-May 12


Important Information on Law Requiring MCA Scores Be Used for Course Placement

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) scores will soon be used in determining course placement at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. A student’s MCA score could potentially save them significant money by demonstrating that they do not need to take non-credit bearing developmental courses. Read the full announcement.

National and Internationally Normed Tests

WIDA FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)

WIDA is a federally mandated test to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English language proficiency.

GradeTestTesting Window
9-12WIDA for ELLsJanuary 30-March 24

PISA

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publishes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an assessment that aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics, and science. Students are randomly selected by OECD for the PISA test administration.

GradeTestTesting Window
10PISASpring

AP and IB Exam Information

Minnetonka High School maintains a Google Drive folder with current AP & IB Exam Information:

AP & IB Exam Info
(Minnetonka Google Account Required)


ContactS

Dr. Matt Rega
District Assessment Director
matt.rega@minnetonka.k12.mn.us
952-401-5122

Robb Virgin
MHS Assistant Principal
robb.virgin@minnetonka.k12.mn.us
952-401-5705

Laura Herbst
MHS Advanced Learning Coordinator (AP/IB)
laura.herbst@minnetonka.k12.mn.us
952-401-5897

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