District 601 Student Assessment Information
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2016-17 Fosston School District Testing Calendar
OLPA (Optional Local Purpose Assessment) in Math and Reading. 1.5-3 hrs
Math OLPA is for Grades 3-8, and 11. This is an online practice test for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) that can be taken up to two times. The Reading OLPA is also an online practice test for the MCA Reading test for Grades 3-8 & 10 and can be taken one time per year.
ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) 3 hours
The ASVAB is a locally required test given to Gr. 11 students. The test consists of 10 sections that include: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Automotive and Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, Assembling Objects and Verbal Expression. The test is proctored by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command and is free of charge. The test is required for admission to any military branch.
ACT Plus Writing 3 hours 35 min
This test is a College and Career Ready assessment available to all Grade 11 students and any Grade 12 students who did not take the test as a junior. The written ACT Plus writing is given in the school setting at no charge. All students in Grade 11 must be given the opportunity to test but this test is not a local requirement.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)
This test measures achievement on the Minnesota Academic Standards and will show progress on meeting those standards over time.
Reading required for students in Grades 3-8 and 10 (2-3.5 hrs)
Math required for students in Grades 3-8 and 11 (1.5-2.5 hrs)
Science required for students in Grades 5, 8 & HS (Grade 10) (1.75-2 hrs)
Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)
This test is for students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria. This test measures achievement on the Minnesota Academic Standards and will show progress on meeting those standards over time.
Reading required for students in Grades 3-8 and 10 (Length varies by individual)
Math required for students in Grades 3-8 and 11 (Length varies by individual)
Science required for students in Grades 5, 8 & HS (Grade 10) (Length varies by individual)
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
NAEP assessments, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is the only nationally representative assessment of what American students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. Not all subjects are tested each year. ESEA legislation requires districts that accept Title I funds to participate if chosen for either the grade 4 or grade 8 reading and mathematics operational assessments.
This local district reading and math assessment is a benchmark probes for Grades K-1 and a progress-monitoring tool.
Star Reading Assessment provides interim data to set Accelerated Reader goals. It is also used to monitor progress and growth of grades 2-12 students.
MCA/ MTAS Testing results are handed out at open house, conferences, special meetings or mailed to parent/guardians.
To contact our District & High School Assessment Coordinator, contact Patti Johnson, PreK-12 Principal
To contact our Elementary Assessment Coordinator, contact Dan Boushee, Elementary Principal