Assessments Provided

Federally Mandated Standardized Assessments

ACCESS for ELLs

Grades: K-12
Subject: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking
Purpose: ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English learners (ELs).  It is given annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. Click here for more testing information from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Required by: Federal 
Time spent testing:
Up to 3 hours
Schedule: February-March
Results disseminated: Score report mailed home September

NAEP

Grades: 4, 8, 12
Subject: Various
Purpose: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a federally mandated test that compares student achievement in states, and tracks changes in achievement of fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-graders over time in mathematics, reading, writing, science, and other content domains. Click here for more information about NAEP.
Required by: Federal 
Time spent testing:
About 90 minutes
Schedule: February
Results disseminated: Reports traditionally disclose state, regional, and national results.  School-level or individual results are not available.

State Mandated Standardized Assessments

Click here for more testing information from the Minnesota Department of Education.

MCA/MTAS

Grades: 3-8, 10, 11
Subject: Math, Reading, Science
Purpose: To evaluate instruction against the Minnesota State Standards in Language Arts, Math, and Science. 
Required by: State
Time spent testing:

  • MCA: About 2-3 hours per test
  • MTAS:  30-60 minutes Math & Science, 45-90 minutes Reading

Schedule: April-May
Results disseminated: Preliminary results available in May in Parent Portal, final results mailed home in August

District Standardized Assessments

ACT Plus Writing

Grades: 11
Subject: English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing
Purpose: The ACT® is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what students learn in high school to determine academic readiness for college. Click here to view information about the ACT.
Required by: District
Time spent testing: 3 hours, 35 minutes
Schedule: February or April
Results disseminated: Available online & score report mailed home from ACT 3-8 weeks after testing

ACT Aspire

Grades: 8-10
Subject: English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing
Purpose: ACT Aspire is designed to measure students’ progress toward college and career readiness over the course of time, specifically from grades 3 through 10, mapping longitudinal growth in English, reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Each scale score is linked to college and career data through scores on the ACT. Click here for more information about the ACT Aspire. 
Required by: District
Time spent testing: 4 hours, 10 minutes
Schedule: November
Results disseminated: Individual printed reports mailed home in February

MAP

Grades: 2-8, some HS
Subject: Math, Reading
Purpose: To examine student growth and performance over time. Click here for more information about MAP assessments.
Required by: District
Time spent testing: About 45 minutes
Schedule: September  (grade 2, new enrollees, and HS only) and May
Results disseminated: Student report included in fall conferences and with end-of-year report card

District Benchmark Assessments

End of Trimester Common Assessments

Grades: All
Subject: Various
Purpose: To assess student performance on essential learning outcomes and targets, and to monitor and adjust classroom instruction. Click here for more information on assessment in Spring Lake Park Schools. 
Required by: District
Time spent testing: Varies
Schedule: End of trimesters
Results disseminated: Report Cards, parent/teacher conferences

District Summative and Formative Assessments

Unit Tests

Grades: All
Subject: Various
Purpose: To assess student performance on the curriculum. For more information about classroom assessments, speak to your child(ren)’s teacher(s). Click here to view the staff directory.
Required by: District
Time spent testing: Varies
Schedule: Throughout the year
Results disseminated: Ongoing parent-teacher communication, report cards, conferences, review in class

Other Classroom Assessments

Grades: All
Subject: Varies
Purpose: To monitor and adjust classroom instruction. Also used to help students see where they are in their learning. For more information about classroom assessments, speak to your child(ren)’s teacher(s).  Click here to view the staff directory.
Required by: District
Time spent testing: Varies
Schedule: Throughout the year
Results disseminated: Ongoing parent-teacher communication, report cards, conferences, review in class

Optional Assessments

AAPPL Measure

Grades: 4-12
Subject: Spanish -Interpersonal Listening/ Speaking, Presentational Writing, and Interpretive Reading and Listening
Purpose: The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is unlike any other assessment.  AAPPL Measure addresses the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and uses today’s communication media in which test takers perform tasks such as participating in a virtual video chat, creating wikis, e-mailing, and using apps to demonstrate language ability. Click here to learn more about the AAPL Measure. Grades 4-9:  Used to indicate progress toward language acquisition.  Grades 10-12: A requirement in the process to earn World Languages Seals or Certificates on student transcripts.
Required by: Optional, no fee
Time spent testing: About 2 hours combined
Schedule: April-May
Results disseminated: About two weeks after testing. Teachers provide score reports to students and applicable seals/ certifications are applied to transcripts over the summer.

Advanced Placement®

Grades: 9-12
Subject: Various
Purpose: These standardized exams are designed to measure how well students master the content and skills of their AP® course — a successful score could result in earning college credit. Click here to learn more about Advanced Placement®.
Required by: Optional, for possible college credit, incurs a fee
Time spent testing: 2-3 hours per test
Schedule: Register for test in January, test beginning of May
Results disseminated: Available through online AP® account in early July

PSAT

Grades: 11
Subject: Reading, Math, Writing and Language
Purpose: The PSAT/NMSQT (or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards. Click here for more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, click PSAT.
Required by: Optional, incurs a fee
Time spent testing: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Schedule: Register for test mid- to late- September, test in October
Results disseminated: January - score reports disseminated to students by deans at an information meeting