MCA Testing

SAHS MCA Testing 

February 11, 2019

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are scheduled from April 2 - April 29, 2019. MCAs measure our students' growth and proficiency of state standards, meet legislative requirements, and provide feedback on college and career readiness. SAHS students will take MCAs in reading, math and science this spring as required by state legislation.

The results of MCAs are used to create a Minnesota Report Card for SAHS and are therefore an important reflection of our school's academic performance. Please encourage your students to take MCAs seriously and put their best efforts forward on the assessments.

A Minnesota law requires Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to use MCA Scores in making course placements. Consequently, a student’s MCA score could potentially save significant money in college tuition by demonstrating that the student does not need to take non-credit bearing developmental courses. For more information, click here.

Please see the MCA Testing Guide for Parents, for information on all policy, procedures, and required timelines, including the process for submitting paperwork to refuse MCA testing for a student, which has a deadline of March 18, 2019.

All MCA testing will be administered online. Fully participating in SAHS coursework is the best preparation for MCAs since the state standards are embedded in our curriculum. The MCA Item Samplers is designed to help students become familiar with the test.


The following is an overview of the spring assessment schedule.

10th Grade Students
April 2 - Reading MCAs administered during a school-wide testing/post-secondary planning/preparation day. SAHS will operate on a special schedule 4/2--more details coming soon.

11th Grade Students
April 9, 10, 11 - Math MCAs administered in selected math classes. SAHS will follow the regular school schedule.

All Biology Students
April 23, 24, 25 - Science MCAs administered in biology classes. SAHS will follow the regular school schedule.

Please see the following link, the MCA Testing Guide for Parents, on the district website for more information on MCA testing, which includes all policy, procedures, and required timelines.

If you have questions regarding MCA testing, please contact Shelly Phernetton at 651.351.8009 or Donna Kenny at 651.351.8010 in the White Pony Center.