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.
Tests administered at Mounds View Schools include:
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.
For more information, contact the Assessment and Evaluation department at 651-621-6042.
- Mounds View Public Schools was the first school district in the state to offer a free on-site administration of the ACT to all high school juniors. Funding for the free administration of the test was provided by a generous grant from the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation.
- PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
- PSAT Mounds View District Website
- AP (Advanced Placement) Collegeboard Website
- AP (Advanced Placement) Mounds View District Website
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.