Standardized Test Schedule

2016-2017 Standardized Testing

Purpose

Riverway Learning Community administers two different general standardized exams each year, the MCA and the NWEA MAP. The MATS is also administered as necessary.

 

MCA = Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment

 

This standardized exam, which includes math, reading, and science, is mandated by the State of Minnesota Department of Education. It is administered at the end of each year to assess each student’s grade level proficiency and annual growth.  This is a state normed test and therefore allows comparison of an individual student to other students in Minnesota that are in the same grade.  The results are used by the Department of Education to assess the efficacy of the school’s programs.  The results are also used by our authorizer, the Audubon Center of the North Woods, to assess how the school does in comparison to our contractual goals.   The results of the MCA are available to the general public when released by the MDE and are distributed to students and families at the beginning of each school year.


MTAS = Minnesota Test of Academic Progress


This standardized exam, designed for students with Special Needs and includes math, reading, and science, is mandated by the State of Minnesota Department of Education. It is administered at the end of each year to assess each student’s grade level proficiency and annual growth.  This is a state normed test and therefore allows comparison of an individual student to other students in Minnesota that are in the same grade.  The results are used by the Department of Education to assess the efficacy of the school’s programs.  The results are also used by our authorizer, the Audubon Center of the North Woods, to assess how the school does in comparison to our contractual goals.   The results of the MCA are available to the general public when released by the MDE and are distributed to students and families at the beginning of each school year.


 

NWEA MAP = Northwest Evaluation Association Measure of Academic Progress

 

We choose to administer this standardized exam which includes reading and math.  It is administered three times a year, in the fall, winter, and spring, first to get an initial baseline, and then subsequently to assess student academic growth.  This is a nationally normed test and therefore allows comparison of an individual student to others students in the same grade across the country.  Results are used internally to help make instructional decisions, and by our Authorizer to assess how the school does in comparison to our contractual goals. The results of the NWEA MAP are distributed during parent-teacher conferences following the Fall and Winter testing periods.  The Spring results are distributed with the MCA results at the beginning of the following year.

 Schedule (subject to modification)

NWEA MAP

·        Fall

o   Reading – September 6-10

§  Primary – Th 8

§  Secondary – Wed 7

o   Math – September 13-16

§  Primary  –Th 15

§  Secondary - Wed 14

·        Winter

o   Reading – January 17-20

§  Primary – TH 19

§  Secondary – Wed 18

o   Math – January 23-26

§  Primary – Tu 24

§  Secondary – Wed 25

·        Spring

o   Reading – May 9-10

§  Primary – 9th at 8:45

§  Secondary – 10th at 8:45

o   Math – May 16-17

§  Primary – 16th at 8:45

§  Secondary –17th at 8:45

MCA

·        Reading – April 17-21

o   Primary: 8:45-9:45 (3 and 4 grade) and 9:45 - 10:45 (5 and 6 grade) 

o   Secondary: 10:10 - 2:07 (7, 8, 10 grade)

·        Math – April 25-28

o   Primary: 8:45-9:45 (3 and 4 grade), 9:45 - 10:45 (5 and 6 grade), plus 1:30 - 2:30 on the 25th (3 and 4 grade) and the 26th (5 and 6 grade) 

o   Secondary: 10:10 - 2:07 (7, 8, 11 grade)

·        Science – May 1-5

o   Primary: 9:45-10:45 (grade 5)

o   Secondary: 10:10 - 2:07 (grade 8 and 12)

MTAS
            ·  Science - March 15 (8:45) and March 22 (8:45)
            ·  Math - April 5 (8:45)


Additional Primary Assessment

Purpose

Students enrolled in the Riverway Primary School take a battery of AIMSWeb assessments. We choose AIMSWeb because of its reputation for validity and reliability and its acceptance by various organizations for analytical purposes. The various measures which comprise this assessment are used, in part, to determine remedial needs and effectiveness, as well as to gauge Kindergarten readiness, and Reading Well by Third Grade.  The results of the AIMSWeb sessions are distributed at conference times.


Schedule (subject to modification) 

 September 5 - 16

January 3 - 13

March 6 - 17



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