State Assessment Information (MCA/MTAS) Spring 2021

State assessments serve as a measure of how well our students are performing relative to Minnesota's academic standards for college and career readiness as well as meeting federal and state legislation requirements. Results from these assessments allow us to see how well our schools are aligning curriculum and instruction to the expected levels of proficiency.
From these assessments, we gather information regarding how many students are right on track, how many students are exceeding those expectations, or which students may be in need of additional support. These data points can help schools monitor the effectiveness of their teaching and learning practices.
Students across the district in third grade and above will participate in state assessments. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take the alternate Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) assessment instead. 
Subject tests will be delivered to students as follows:
Reading: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)
Mathematics: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)
Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8, and 10-12)
Schools will be delivering tests according to the schedule below:  

Elementary Schools

MCA Reading (Gr 3 - 5)

MCA Math (Gr 3 - 5)

MCA Science (Gr 5)


Afton-Lakeland Elementary



Andersen Elementary



Brookview Elementary



Lake Elmo Elementary



Lily Lake Elementary



Rutherford Elementary



Stonebridge Elementary






Middle Schools

Reading (Gr 6 - 8)

Math (Gr 6 - 8)

Science (Gr 8)


Oak-Land Middle School



Stillwater Middle School



High School

Reading (Gr 10)

Math (Gr 11)

Science (Gr 10)


Stillwater Area High School



St. Croix Valley ALC



Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Parent Fact Sheet (pdf, 174 KB)

The Minnesota Department of Education answers frequently asked questions about the MCA in reading, math and science.

Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) Parent Fact Sheet (pdf, 139 KB)

The Minnesota Department of Education answers frequently asked questions about the MTAS in reading, math and science.

Test Preparation Suggestions for Students and Teachers (pdf, 157 KB)

The following suggestions for parents and teachers will help students get ready for statewide assessments.