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Assessments

Assessments - Overview

The Wayzata Public School district administers several standardized assessments to monitor student academic achievement, academic growth, and preparedness for college and career goals. Some assessments are state-mandated tests used to measure student attainment of Minnesota Grade Level Standards, school/district effectiveness, and student attainment of state graduation requirements. Other standardized tests given in the district are nationally available and are administered to inform educational programming and instructional decision-making.

State Tests
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessments (MCA-Modified and MTAS) are state tests that measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Title I section of ESEA requires that all public school students be assessed in grades 3–8 and once in high school in reading and mathematics for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR). Testing of science is also required for ESEA but is not included in AYP or MMR calculations. Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MCA-Modified or the MTAS. More information and directions on how to access your child’s scores are available here on MCA testing.

National Tests
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
MAP tests are aligned with the Minnesota state standards, determine a student’s instructional level, and measure academic growth in the areas of Reading and Mathematics. MAP tests are administered on the computer and are adaptive, meaning that the test items became more difficult after a student answers items correctly and easier after a student answers incorrectly, thus targeting his or her learning level. With a computer-adaptive test, we can measure a student’s instructional level and growth whether they are performing below grade level, at grade level, or well above grade level. More information and directions on how to access your child’s scores are available here on MAP testing.

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
The CogAT is a group-administered assessment which measures students’ learned reasoning abilities developed through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is a measure of a student’s potential to succeed in school-related tasks. It is not a measure of general intelligence or IQ. The CogAT Screening Form is administered to all 2nd grade students as part of the district-wide Vision 21 Identification Process and to new students in grade 3. The CogAT complete form is administered in grade 4 as part of the continuing district-wide Vision 21 Identification Process and to new students in grade 5.  The CogAT Nonverbal and Quantitative sections are administered to 5th grade students  as part of the identification process for Accelerated Math in grade 6. More information and directions on how to access your child’s scores are available here on CogAT testing.

PreACT/ACT
More information to come

PSAT/SAT
More information to come

AP Subject Tests
More information to come

For more information about standardized assessments, contact the Office of Research and Evaluation.

For more information about district common assessments, contact your child's teacher.

District common assessments are assessments that are directly linked to the curriculum taught in the Wayzata Public Schools.  They are based on academic standards and are typically developed by teacher teams within the school district.  They are necessary to implement the district curriculum with fidelity, and to report progress to students and parents on student mastery of academic standards (e.g., report cards).
 
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