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What are the MCAs?

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.

Districts have the option to administer the Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) in reading and mathematics earlier in the school year to familiarize students with the functionality of the items and online tools, as well as the device used for testing. The OLPA is an optional test that is not used for accountability purposes.


Subpages (1): OLPA Resources