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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and an executive order from Gov. Walz to enact distance learning, the U.S. Department of Education has approved Minnesota’s waiver request  to lift all requirements for state-required testing (MCA-III) for the 2019-20 school year. Therefore, there will be no MCA testing this year. 

Measuring success in District 196

The District 196 Student Testing and Assessment Center is responsible for all district wide achievement testing. The assessment center staff work on implementation of state graduation standards; administer district, state and national tests; collect other information to support revision and development of curricular and instructional programs; and report data to the School Board, the Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council (CIAC), and the public.

Our mission is to collect meaningful information, report it in a timely way, and communicate the results in a clear and helpful style. The District 196 Assessment Plan articulates a balanced system of assessment that:

  • Aligns with Minnesota and district standards
  • Supports our district mission
  • Provides assessment information that is compatible with information from previous grades
  • Provides data to be used by Professional Learning Communities for strengthening instructional approaches
  • Utilizes an array of assessment methods which provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding and knowledge

Assessments are an integral part of instruction, as it determines whether or not the goals of education are being met. Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, curriculum, and, in some cases, funding. Assessments inspire us to ask these hard questions: "Are we teaching what we think we are teaching?" "Are students learning what they are supposed to be learning?" "Is there a way to teach the subject better, thereby promoting better learning?" 

TESTING SCHEDULE 2020-2021  COVID-19 Operational Plan for Students, Families and Guests

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Testing Dates  2020-2021

ACCESS Testing - ELL Students

ACCESS Listening (All grades)           Feb. 4 and Feb. 25, 2021            Online 2.5‐3.0 hours

ACCESS Reading (All grades)             Feb. 11 and Feb. 12, 2021            Online 2.5‐3.0 hours

ACCESS Writing (All grades)               Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, 2021         Online 2.5‐3.0 hours

ACCESS Speaking (All grades)            Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, 2021         Online 2.5‐3.0 hours


ACT - 12th Grade                                   October 6, 2020                Paper 3 hours

PreACT - 11th Grade                              October 7, 2020                  Paper 3 hours

ACT with Writing - 11th Grade              March 30, 2021                  Paper 3.5 hours

PreACT - 10th Grade                              March 30, 2021                  Paper 3.5 hours

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments

MCA Reading - 10th Grade                               April 13 and 15, 2021       Online 2‐3 hours

MCA Reading Make-up - 10th Grade 

MCA Math - 11th Grade                                     April 20 and 22, 2020     Online 1.5‐2.5 hours

MCA Math Make-up - 11th Grade

MCA Science - 10th Grade                               April 27 and 29, 2021       Online 2‐2 5 hours

MCA Science Make-up - 10th Grade


Standards‐based Measurement of Proficiency Assessment (STAMP)               March 12, 2021               Online 2.5 hours