• Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

What is the MCA?

  • MCA stands for Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment. This is a statewide, annual test that measures achievement on the Minnesota Academic Standards in reading, mathematics, and science. These sets of assessments are required to be administered as part of federal and state legislation.


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    Where can I find information about the MCA test in different languages?

    English    Hmong    Karen    Somali    Spanish

What is the MTAS?

  • MTAS stands for Minnesota Test of Academic Skills. It is administered –instead of the MCA–to students with significant cognitive disabilities.

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  • We need to know what SPPS Online students will be taking the MCAs


    Please complete this form to let us know if your students will:

    Yes- Take the MCA or No- Opt Out


    MCA Feedback Form


    SPPS Online MCAs 2022:

    • MCAs are in person at Obama Elementary, 707 Holly Ave. MN 55104
    • Students can take as long as they need to complete the test. 
    • Testing Times: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


    SPPS Online School: Testing Times and Dates 

      3rd Grade: Reading/Math

      March- 14th, 15th, and 16th

      4th Grade: Reading/Math

      March-17th ,18th, and 21st

      6th Grade: Reading/Math

      March-25th, 28th, and 29th

      7th Grade: Reading/Math

      March-30th ,31st, and April 1st

      8th Grade: Reading/Math

      April-12th, 13th, and 14th

      10th Grade: Reading

      April-14th, 19th, and 20th

      11th Grade: Math

      April-20th, 21st, and 22nd

      5th Grade: Reading/Math and Science

      April-25th, 26th, 27th


  • Can I get transportation for my children?


    YES! We will provide transportation if needed. Please click on this link to request transportation services: 

    MCA Parent Feedback


    We are encouraging parents to provide transportation as much as possible due to the bus driver shortage in the district. 

MCA for SPPS Online

  • Who is expected to take the MCA test?

    All students in grades 3-12 are expected to take the test, unless you submit a Refusal Letter opting out of the test.


    How are the results used?

    • Report on student progress towards Minnesota's academic standards
    • Provides diagnostic instructional data for individual students and groups of students
    • Provides a state-wide comparison
    • Instructional decision-making
    • Monitor individual student growth
    • Course placement
    • Provides a national comparison

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MCA-Frequently Asked Questions

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