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MCA Testing Information

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

MCA stands for Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment. This is a statewide, annual test that measures achievement on the Minnesota Academic Standards in reading, mathematics, and science. These sets of assessments are required to be administered as part of federal and state legislation.

MTAS stands for Minnesota Test of Academic Skills. It is administered instead of the MCA to students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Where can I find information about the MCA test in different languages?

English    Hmong    Karen    Somali    Spanish

Who is Expected to Take the MCA Test?
All students in grades 3-12 are expected to take the test, unless a parent or guardian submits a refusal letter opting out of the test.

How are the Results Used?

  • Report on student progress towards Minnesota's academic standards
  • Provides diagnostic instructional data for individual students and groups of students
  • Provides a state-wide comparison
  • Instructional decision-making
  • Monitor individual student growth
  • Course placement
  • Provides a national comparison

MCA: Sign Up

We need to know what SPPS Online students will be taking the MCA test.

  • MCAs are in person at Obama Elementary, 707 Holly Ave. MN 55104
  • Students can take as long as they need to complete the test. 
  • Transportation if needed. Use the form below to request transportation. 

Please complete this form to let us know if your students will:

MCA Testing Form for Parents: Attending Testing? Transportation Needed?

Yes- Take the MCA or No- Opt Out

MCA Sample Items for Students