NLA Statewide Testing Information

Testing is used in schools to measure student achievement. State tests are given to NLA students once a year in the spring, based on their grade level and subject area (see the schedule below). 

Classroom tests are given by individual teachers on a more regular basis and may include quizzes, mid-terms, chapter tests, and final exams, among others. Both types of tests give educators an idea of how well their students are learning the concepts presented to them in the classroom.  

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs)

Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)

  • Reading: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)
  • Mathematics: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)
  • Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8, and once in high school)

While the Minnesota Department of Education strives to ensure this testing schedule remains unaltered, it is subject to change based on assessment decisions made by the state or federal Legislature.

March 3, 2025

  • MCA Mathematics Grades 3-8 Online Begins
  • MCA Reading Grades 3-8 Online Begins
  • MCA Science Grades 5 and 8 Online Begins
  • MTAS Reading, Mathematics and Science Begins

May 2, 2025

  • MCA Reading Grades 3-8, 10 and Mathematics Grades 3-8 Online Ends
  • MTAS Reading, Mathematics, and Science Ends

May 9, 2025

  • MCA Science Grades 5, 8, and High School Online Ends 

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 2024-25 Statewide Assessments: Parent/Guardian Participation Guide and Refusal Information (pdf)

More information from the MN Dept. of Education on Statewide Testing HERE