OLPA/MCA Resources

Helpful information and documents to prepare for OLPA(Optional Local Purpose Assessment) MCA Math, Reading and Science Tests.
TEACHER RESOURCES
MCA Proctor Cheat Sheet-This sheet contains all of the directions and procedures for administering MCA's as well as screenshots of all things you may need to do in Pearson Access Next


Training Management System - Test Monitors and proctors must complete Test Monitor modules: Online Test Monitor Certification for MCA(26 Minutes) and Active Monitoring(6 Minutes) 

Pearson Access Next - Replaces Pearson Access for managing test sessions and retrieving student scores

Student Directions for MCA Presentation (2017) This video must be shown to students on the first day of testing.

Online Student Tutorial MCA  This tutorial is designed to provide students with an overview of the MCA online assessments. The tutorial shows students how to navigate through the tests, how to use both universal and subject-specific tools, and how to answer different types of test questions. A transcript for the tutorial is available if needed. This is broken down by test and grade level so you can choose only the parts that are applicable.

PERSPECTIVES This site has thousands of learning resources to help students improve and achieve specific to the grade level and subject area MCA

MDE TEST SPECS

Mathematics

MCA-III Test Specifications: Mathematics, Grades 3-8, 11 (2007 standards) 2/2/16 Based on the Minnesota Academic Standards in Mathematics revised in 2007. 

Reading
 

Science

ONLINE ITEM SAMPLERS 

MCA Test Item Samples NEWLY RELEASED ITEMS


STUDENT FORMULA SHEETS

Mathematics Formula Sheet, Grade 5

Mathematics Formula Sheet, Grade 6

Mathematics Formula Sheet, Grade 7

Mathematics Formula Sheet, Grade 8

Mathematics Formula Sheet, Grade 11


CALCULATORS FOR PRACTICE

Grades 3-5 Basic Calculator - Science and Grades 3-5 Math This calculator is available in the grades 3, 4, and 5 Mathematics MCA, Mathematics OLPA, and the grades 5, 8, and high school Science MCA. It is different in appearance than the calculator available in the item samplers and operational test, but all calculator functionality is the same.

Grades 6 and 7 Math Scientific Calculator This calculator is available in the grades 6 and 7 Mathematics MCA and Mathematics OLPA. It is different in appearance than the calculator available in the item samplers and operational test, but all calculator functionality is the same.

Grades 8 and 11 Math Graphing Calculator This calculator is available in the grades 8 and 11 Mathematics MCA and Mathematics OLPA. It is different in appearance than the calculator available in the item samplers and operational test, but all calculator functionality is the same.



Achievement Level Descriptors

Cut Scores

Mathematics OLPA Achievement Level Scale Score Cuts 

Grade

Partially Meets

Meets

Exceeds

3

340

350

366

4

440

450

466

5

540

550

563

6

640

650

662

7

740

750

760

8

840

850

861

 

Reading OLPA Achievement Level Scale Score Cuts 

Grade

Partially Meets

Meets

Exceeds

3

340

350

374

4

440

450

466

5

540

550

567

6

640

650

667

7

740

750

767

8

840

850

867

10

1040

1050

1064