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.
Where can I find information about the MCA test in different languages?
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.
Sign Up for MCAs
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
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:
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
Parent Opt Out for MCAs
Parent Opt Out for MCAs
What should families do if they want to opt out of the MCA test?
Please complete a Refusal Letter and email it to email@example.com. Families can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 651-744-6368 to opt out of the MCA test.
MCA Refusal Letters: