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Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Information.
EVELETH-GILBERT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Independent School District #2154
801 Jones Street
Eveleth, Minnesota 55734-1696
Fax 218-744-4381
                                                                                                                                                              
 
 
February, 22 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As early as Monday, March, 27th 2017, our district will begin administration of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). The purpose of the MCA’s is to measure Minnesota students’ achievement with regard to the Minnesota Academic Standards. In addition, the MCA results can be used to guide curriculum decisions at the district and school level, and to guide teaching at the classroom level.
Minnesota public schools need to assess all students who are enrolled in the district on the first day of a scheduled statewide test in the subject area in the district. You will find the dates for our scheduled assessments on the back of this letter. Please do not schedule any appointments for your children on these dates. Contact your child’s teacher(s) if your child must miss a testing day to make other arrangements.
Grades 3-8 and 11 will be taking the computer delivered Math MCA-IIIs. All of our students will take a practice MCA Math test online in February. These results will be used to direct instruction to work towards mastery of the standards students struggle with. Only the official spring test score counts for the school or student.
Grades 3-8 and 10 will be taking the computer delivered Reading MCA-IIIs. Students will take a practice MCA Reading test in January. Only the official spring test score will count for the school and student.
The Science MCA-IIIs are also computer delivered. The science test is given only to students in grades 5, 8, and 10.
It is important that your son/daughter take these tests seriously and do their best. Please make sure they get a good night’s sleep the night before testing. They should have a healthy breakfast and come prepared with any materials that are required (pencils and a book to read). Attendance on test dates is critical.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in ensuring that your child will be at school for these important test dates. If you would like more information, or if you would like to look at a practice test, please go to http://education.state.mn.us. Feel free to contact myself or your building principal with any questions about testing.
 
Sincerely,
 
 Charles Pillsbury                                            
Senior High Counselor and District Assessment Coordinator                                                                          
cpillsbury@egschools.org ;       


 
Eveleth-Gilbert Public Schools
Spring 2017 Calendar of Minnesota Required Assessments
 
                                   Test Dates                                       
Grade 3
Reading MCA-III                Monday, March 27-Friday, March 31  
Math MCA-III                     Monday, April 18-Friday, April 21     
 
Grade 4
Reading MCA-III                Monday, April 3-Friday, April 7         
Math MCA-III                     Monday, April 24-Friday, April 28                 
 
Grade 5
Reading MCA-III                Monday, March 27-Friday, March 31             
Math MCA-III                     Monday, April 18-Friday, April 21     
Science MCA-III                 Monday, May 1-Friday, May 5                       
 
Grade 6
Reading MCA-III                Monday, April 3-Friday, April 7         
Math MCA-III                     Monday, April 24-Friday, April 28                 
 
Grade 7
Reading MCA-III                Monday, April 3-Friday, April 7         
Math MCA-III                     Monday, April 24-Friday, April 28                 
 
Grade 8
Reading MCA-III                Monday, March 27-Friday, March 31             
Math MCA-III                     Monday, April 18-Friday, April 21                 
Science MCA-III                 Monday, May 1-Friday, May 5                       
 
Grade 10
Reading MCA-III                Monday, April 3-Friday, April 12                   
Science MCA-III                 Monday, May 1-Friday, May 5                       
 
Grade 11
Math MCA-III                     Monday, April 24-Friday, April 28     
 
We will be offering the ACT Plus Writing at no cost to any Juniors who wish to take it on Tuesday, April 19 here at the senior high. Any seniors who have never taken the ACT may also take it here that day. If your Junior cannot be in school on that day and still wants to take the ACT please contact Charles Pillsbury, Senior High Counselor at 218-744-7708 to discuss other testing dates and their locations.

 
   
Author: Denise Berry   E-Mail: dberry1@egschools.org