Tests and Assessments

  • Mounds View Public Schools uses a number of tests and assessments to measure student performance and progress including District measurement systems, national rankings and state-mandated testing.


    2016-17 District Testing Calendar

    Comprehensive Assessment System


    Tests administered at Mounds View Schools include:

    • MCA-III
    • NWEA
    • PLAN
    • ACT
    • SAT
    • PSAT
    • AP

    What's the difference between the MCA-III and the NWEA tests? 




    How often is it given?

    Once per year (spring)

    Up to four times per year (fall, winter, spring and summer)

    When are results available?

    Within 60 minutes of completing the test

    When student has completed test

    Who takes it?

    Grades 3-8, 10 & 11

    Grades K-8 (selected 9-12)

    How is it administered?



    What does it measure?

    Student, school and district performance on academic standards

    Individual student growth and academic performance

    How is it used?

    System accountability: Measures how students are meeting the Minnesota Academic Standards and determines if individual schools and the entire district is making progress in academic proficiency, growth, and closing the achievement gap as defined by the Minnesota Department of Education.

    Placement in District programs; Measuring individual student growth; Uncovering individual student's academic strengths and weaknesses; Assists teachers in modifying instruction to meet the needs of students.

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    Our Testing Program

    Teachers and deans at schools throughout the District, use assessments to monitor student progress to get a long-term perspective of gains and growth. Assessment results are tracked for every student and viewed by teachers who use the results to tailor their instructional approaches and to help create challenging, but attainable goals for the students. Parents can also track assessment results using the District's parent portal, SchoolView.

    More information about testing, personalized learning, the District's parent portal, and more is available on the District's YouTube channel.

    For more information, contact the Assessment and Evaluation department at 651-621-6042.