State Tests

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Series III (MCA- III's) are reading, mathematics, writing and science tests that help schools and districts measure student progress toward the state’s academic standards. MCA’s are administered in:

  • Grade 3 Reading & Math
  • Grade 4 Reading & Math
  • Grade 5 Reading, Math, & Science
  • Grade 6 Reading & Math
  • Grade 7 Reading & Math
  • Grade 8 Reading, Math, & Science
  • Grade 10 Reading & Science
  • Grade 11 Math


ACCESS for ELLs--Minnesota has joined the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. As a member of the WIDA consortium, Minnesota districts will be administering the ACCESS for ELLs assessment to all Limited English Proficient (LEP) identified students in grades K–12.

ACCESS for ELLs stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners. This large-scale test addresses the academic English language proficiency (ELP) standards at the core of the WIDA Consortium's approach to instructing and evaluating the progress of English language learners.