This year will be the first year that students in grades three through eight will be taking the state math test (Minneota Comprehensive Assessment or MCA) on the computer as an online test. As we prepare our students for this assessment, we thought we would share some suggestions for parents to also help their children prepare.
The Minnesota Department of Education has prepared an online tutorial that demonstrates to students and parents the tools that students will have access to when they take the online exam. To view this tutorial go to the following website: www.mnstateassessments.org. On the page that opens click on the “Student/Family” button and then on “Online Mathematics, MCA, MCA-Modified and Science Tutorial” (do not view the “Reading MCA Field Test Tutorial as DL students are not part of the field test being done this year by the state). This will start an online presentation the demonstrates all of the tools on the test. We would encourage you to view the tools with your child and review them often prior to the test.
The Minnesota Department of Education has also developed online sample tests that students can take prior to the actual exam. These sample tests are not scored but the test questions are developed for each specific grade based on the state standards for that grade so they are an excellent way of getting children prepared for what types of questions will be asked on the actual exam. To access the sample test go to the following website: https://mnpt.tds.airast.org/student/ (You must use the web browser Firefox to access the sample test). This will bring you to a login page. You do not have to make any changes to the login page, just click on the “Sign In” button. On the next page you will select your child’s grade level, then the “Yes” button. On the next page click on the “Start Item Sampler” button for the Math MCA Item Sampler. This will take you to a few test options than on to the sample test. Students can complete any or all of the questions (again it will not be scored). You can exit at any time without any issues. Students (or parents) can take sample tests as many times as they like. We would encourage you to take the sample test yourself. It will give you an understanding of the types of questions your child will be asked on the assessment. Then take help your child with the sample test as many times as you want.
For more information on state online testing click on the link below. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.