Chisago Lakes uses a number of tests and assessments to measure student performance and progress including district measurement systems, national rankings and state-mandated testing. Below is more information on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs).
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs)
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and also meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Reading: MCA (grades 3-8, 10) or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)
Mathematics: MCA (grades 3-8, 11) or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)
Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8, 11)
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. The Parent/Guardian Guide to Statewide Testing document provides 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; it must be returned to your student's district. Your student’s district may require additional information.
Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing Form
MN Student Survey
The Minnesota Student Survey is conducted every three years with students in grades 6, 9, and 12. The survey asks questions about activities, experiences, and behaviors. Topics covered include tobacco, alcohol and drug use, school climate, physical activity, violence and safety, connections with school and family, health, and other topics. Questions about sexual activity are asked only of high school students. The survey is administered jointly by the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services, and Public Safety.