• 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.

SPPS Online School: MCA

MCA Testing Timeline 2023

MCA Testing Schedule 2023

K-12 MCA Testing Schedule

K-12 MCA Testing Schedule

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:

    MCA Testing Form for Parents: Attending Testing? Transportation Needed? 2023

    Yes- Take the MCA or No- Opt Out


    SPPS Online MCAs 2023:

    • 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: 10:15 AM to 2:30 PM.


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

MCA-Frequently Asked Questions

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