Medford Elementary MCA Update!

March 19, 2021

MCA TESTING IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN APRIL (Grades 3-6 only)

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are reading, mathematics, and science standards-based assessments used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet the MTAS eligibility requirements may take the MTAS instead. For the MTAS, teachers work with each student individually using paper test materials. MCAs/MTAS are administered for reading to students in grade 3-8 and grade 10; MCAs/MTAS for mathematics in grades 3-8 and grade 11; and MCAs/MTAS for science in grades 5, 8, and grade 10.

HOW CAN YOU PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE MCA (MINNESOTA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT) TEST?

Preparing for Tests:


- Note test dates (see below)

- Schedule any appointments on non-testing days.

- Encourage your child to take responsibility for homework and class study.

- Gather available test preparation materials and information.

- Assure your child knows that you value a good education.

- Recognize hard work and persistence, particularly when facing difficult tasks.


During Test Days:


- Ensure your child is rested and eats a healthy breakfast.

- Make sure your child arrives at school on time.

- Encourage your child to do their best work and to be persistent.

- Ask your child how they are feeling about the upcoming test.

- Do your best to calm any anxieties they might be having.


*Reminder - Encourage your child to work hard and do their best, but know this is only one way to show what they know. Make sure they have a good breakfast and drink lots of water so their body, as well as their mind, is up for the task.”

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD WITH TEST ANXIETY?

It is important to acknowledge that testing season can bring with it a great deal of anxiety for our students. Below are some ways that students, parents and teachers can work together to help kids who are overly anxious about testing.


How Students Can Alleviate Test Anxiety:

- Share your feelings of anxiety with parents and teachers.

- Think of the test as an opportunity to show what you know.

- Review homework and materials that pertain to test topics.

- Relax, breathe deeply and stay focused on the test.


How Parents Can Alleviate Test Anxiety:

- Discuss the test openly and in a positive way.

- Have realistic expectations of your child’s performance while encouraging his or her best efforts.

- Emphasize that the test is only one measure of academic performance.

- Help your child identify times he or she was/were anxious or faced challenges that had positive results.


How Teachers Can Alleviate Test Anxiety:

- Discuss the purpose of the test and how it can help students’ academic progress.

- Have realistic expectations of students’ performance while encouraging students to do their best.

- Allow students to express their anxiety verbally or in writing.


Finally, the MCA-III is an assessment of the learning that has taken place over the course of the school year. Students have been preparing for the assessment since the school year began. The test presents an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the year. The most important thing students and families can do is to maintain a routine throughout the testing window, such as eating and sleeping regularly.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND SOME HELPFUL MCA STUDY RESOURCES?

To access sample questions on the MCA Test, click on one of the links below and choose the grade level of your student.


Reading - http://minnesota.pearsonaccessnext.com/item-samplers/reading/


Math - http://minnesota.pearsonaccessnext.com/item-samplers/math/


Science - http://minnesota.pearsonaccessnext.com/item-samplers/science/

IMPORTANT TESTING DATES:

April 7: MCA Testing Reading - Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6

April 8: MCA Testing Reading - Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6

April 9: MCA Testing Reading - Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6


April 13: MCA Testing Math - Grades 3, 4, 5, & 6

April 14: MCA Testing Math - Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6

April 15: MCA Testing Math - Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6

April 16: MCA Testing Math - Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6



May 3: MCA Science Window Opens (Grade 5 only)

Important Dates on the Horizon!

April 1: End of Quarter #3

April 2: 1/2 Workday - 1/3 Staff Dev. Day (No School for Students)

April 5: Easter Break (No School)

May 31: Memorial Day (No School)

June 3: End of Qtr. #4 (Last Day of Classes)