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:

    State-mandated assessments

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

    Question MCA-III NWEA

    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.

    District assessments

    • NWEA Measures of Academic Progress
    • EXPLORE and PLAN tests (Interest/Career exploration)

    Other Assessments

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

    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.

MCA & NWEA Scores

MCA & ACT Scores