Testing and Assessments

Eastern Carver County School District is committed to measuring student progress and being accountable for student achievement. For that purpose, the district maintains a comprehensive program of assessment for all students

There are two main types of assessments; formative and summative:

  • Formative assessment happens during the learning process and is often referred to as the assessment for learning. Formative assessment is used to diagnose student needs and plan instruction to meet every student’s individual needs. Feedback is provided to students while working on a test or project to improve learning.
  • Summative assessment happens at the end of the learning process and is often referred to as the assessment of learning. It is used to measure the achievement on a completed task, project or course. Summative assessments are generally used for reporting.
Why do we have multiple assessments?

No single assessment can measure a student’s total learning in a school environment. A variety of assessments are important to answer different questions about each individual student. Data collected from assessments, when used properly, lead to improved achievement.

Assessments are one tool used to:


  • student achievement levels and skill performance
  • students who may benefit from intervention programs
  • at risk or gifted students
  • student learning
  • the effectiveness of our educational system
  • student knowledge and skills relative to Minnesota Academic Standards
  • educational innovations and curriculum
Improve Instruction
  • to guide efforts to adapt instruction to the needs and abilities of students
  • by assisting in setting educational priorities for groups or individual students
  • to students, parents, teachers, district staff, school board, and community members
  • to provide information on student achievement
Student Assessment / Testing Manager
Jan Kellner


Testing Calendar 2016-17

Testing Calendar - Click to expand
Sept. 6-Oct. 20 NWEA MAP Fall Testing Window and La Academia (CPAA Spanish) K-5 All Students / 6-8 and HS 9 Online
Sept. 21-Oct. 9 NWEA MAP Fall Testing Window K Online
Oct. 17-Feb. 10 MCA Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) Reading and Math 3-8, 10, 11 Online
Jan. 3-27 NWEA MAP Winter Testing Window All Day, Extended Day K and selected students 1-9 Online
Jan 30- Mar. 24 ACCESS (WIDA) Alternate ACCESS for EL K-12 ESL Students Administered by district ELL Staff / Online & paper
Mar. 6-May 5 Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS): Reading/Mathematics/Science 3-8, 10, 11 Alternate Assessment / Science – 5, 8, High School Administered by trained Specialized Services staff
Mar. 6-May 5 MCA Reading and Math Online 3-8, 10 ,11 Online
Mar. 6- May 12 MCA Science 5, 8, HS Online
March Middle School Reading MCA CMSW: Mar 6-10, CMSE: Mar 13-14 6-8 Online
March Middle School Math MCA CMSE: Mar 20-216-8, CMSW: See April 6-8 Online
April 5-6 High School Science MCA HS Online
April 10-18 Elementary Reading MCA
Grade 3: April 10-11, Grade 4: April 12-13, Grade 5: April 17-18
3-5 Online
April 10-11 High School Math MCA 11 Online
April 11-12 Elementary Reading MCA, CRE 3, 4, 5 Online
April 17-18 Middle School Reading MCA PRMS 6-8 Online
April 18-19 Elementary Math MCA, CRE 3, 4, 5 Online
April 19-27 Elementary Math MCA
Grade 3: April 24-25, Grade 4: April 19-20, Grade 5: April 26-27
3-5 Online
Apr. 17-May 26 NWEA MAP Spring Testing Window K-9 Online
April 19 High School Reading MCA 10 Online
April 19 ACT 11 Paper
April 24-28 Middle School Math MCA CMSW: Apr 24-28, PRMS: April 24-25 6-8 Online
April 25-26 PC/TAP Reading MCA Student in Attendance
May 2-3 PC/TAP Math MCA Student in Attendance Online
May 3 ACT Make-up 11 Paper
May 3-4 Middle School Science MCA 8 Online
May 9 Elementary Science MCA 5 Online
May 9-10 PC/TAP Science MCA Student in Attendance Online
ACCESS 2.0 Testing Calendar

MTAS Testing Schedule


March 6-7 Jonathan Elementary School
March 7, 14, 21 Chaska Middle School West
March 8, 15, 22 Chaska Middle School West
March 8-9 Victoria Elementary School /Chaska Middle School East
March 10, 13 Chanhassen High School
March 10, 15 Clover Ridge Elementary School
March 13-14 Chanhassen Elementary School
March 14 Bluff Creek Elementary School
March 15 Chaska High School
March 16, 20 Pioneer Ridge Middle School
March 17-18 Chanhassen Elementary School
March 20 Chaska Elementary School