Preparing for standardized tests:
At the Lower School, we help students and teachers assess each student’s mastery of the standards for various subjects, primarily ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies, while exposing students to standards-based test items.
The purpose of Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) is to evaluate Minnesota students’ achievement measured against the Minnesota Academic Standards. Assessment results can be used to inform curriculum decisions at the school level, inform instruction at the classroom level, and demonstrate student academic progress from year to year. For more information, please see this PDF from the Minnesota Department of Education about the MCAs.
Reading tests are given in grades 3, 4, and 5. They measure the student’s ability to understand how a piece of writing is structured by the author and the kinds of writing devices an author uses to express the storyline or argument.
Math tests are given in grades 3, 4, and 5. They measure the student’s ability to solve complex, multi-step problems based on real-world situations using math.
Science tests are given in grade 5. Often, the problems focus on scientific scenarios students might encounter doing real-world research and investigations.
MAP = Measure of Academic Progress
MAP Survey = Shorter test for baseline purposes
MAP for primary grades = Designed to better meet the needs of K-2 students
For more Information:
See our current testing calendar here.