Testing and Assessment

Stillwater Area Public Schools has a system of assessment in place to help us understand how our students are learning. Assessment types include universal screenings, diagnostic assessments, progress monitoring assessments, formative assessments, and summative assessments. Visit our Assessment website for more testing information.

Each of these levels of assessment serve an important purpose in our overall plan from identifying students in need of intervention or enrichment, to identifying individual student’s instructional needs, to state and federal reporting.

Assessments are aligned with the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards. These standards define expectations for students across the state in grades K-12. State standards are in place for English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and physical education. View the state standards online. 


Opting Out of State Assessments

Parents or guardians have the option to refuse to have their students take the statewide (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments). Read more about why the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are given and what your rights are as parents/guardians. Please see the Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing.


Curriculum Review
Minnesota Statute allows for parental review of curriculum. A parent, guardian or adult student (18 or older) may review the content of instructional materials. To do so, simply contact the building principal. If there is an objection to the materials, arrangements will be made for alternative instruction. The specific type of alternative instruction will be worked out between the principal and person making the request. There will not be any penalties imposed upon a student for arranging alternative instruction.