2020-2021 ZED Testing Information

  • The Zumbro Education District will be offering the MCA's and MTAS to students in grades 3-8, 10 & 11 in reading and math as well as the MCA and MTAS Science test in grades 5, 8, and high school. Students interested in taking the ACT+Writing will be given that opportunity on March 2, 2021 with a make-up date of March 16, 2021.

    The date of the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be updated once it is available.

    Test Results will be released on the following schedule:

    • Public release of final assessment results in the Data Center               August 20, 2021
    • Student reports arrive in the district                                                  August 20, 2021
    • Reports sent to parents                                                               Prior to Fall Conferences (October 2021)

    Purpose and Rationale of Statewide Assessments

    TestMCA and MTAS
    Purpose:  To measure achievement on the Minnesota Academic Standards
    Rationale:  Minnesota Statutes, Section 120.30 and ESA
    Source of the Requirement:  Minnesota Statutes 120B.30

    Test:  College Entrance Exams--ACT+Writing
    Purpose:  To provide Minnesotat students information related to career and college readiness
    Rationale:  Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30
    Source of the Requirement:  Minnesota Statutes 120B.30

    TestACCESS and Alternate ACCESS
    Purpose:  To annually assess English language proficiency of all English learners
    Rationale:  ESEA
    Source of the Requirement:  ESEA

    TestASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
    Purpose:  To provide Minnesota students an opportunity to identify which Army jobs (Military Occupational Specialties) would be best for them
    Rationale:  Provide a look at possible jobs and career paths that fit an individual's goals and explore options
    Source of the Requirement:  Not a requirement but provide another option for possible careers

    Estimated Testing Times for MCA and MTAS

    Estimated Test Administration Times for Online Reading MCA
    Grades and Test                              Typical Range
    Grades 3-8, 10 Reading                   1-2.5 hours*

    Estimated Test Administration Times for Online Math MCA
    Grades and Test                              Typical Range
    Grades 3-8, 11 Math                        1-2.5 hours*

    Estimated Test Administration Times for Online Science MCA
    Grades and Test                              Typical Range
    Grades 5, 8, & HS Science                0.5-1.5 hours*

    *Times may vary if students need to be in individual or small group settings or test over multiple days

    MCA Paper Test Administrations

    Estimated Test Administration Times for Paper Reading MCA
    Grades and Test                              Total Test Administration
    Grades 3-8, 10 Reading                   1-2.5 hours*

    Estimated Test Administration Times for Paper Mathematics MCA
    Grades and Test                              Total Test Administration
    Grades 3-8, 11 Math                        1-2.5 hours*

    Estimated Test Administration Times for Paper Science MCA
    Grades and Test                              Total Test Administration
    Grades 5, 8, & HS Science                0.5-1.5 hours*

    *For students using paper test materials, testing can be schedule by segment or by time and may vary for each student.

    Scheduling Reading, Math, and Science MTAS Asministrations

    Estimated Test Administration Times for MTAS*
    Subject and Test                              Estimated Time
    Reading MTAS                                  45-90 minutes
    Mathematics MTAS                           30-60 minutes
    Science MTAS                                  30-60 minutes

    *The entire testing window may be used to administer the MTAS and enter student scores. Test administration times will vary for each student.

    ACCESS Administration

    Testing Times for Grades 1-12 ACCESS
    Test                                                 Minutes per Test (student work only)
    Listening                                          Up to 40  minutes
    Reading                                           Up to 35 minutes
    Speaking                                         Up to 30 minutes
    Writing Tier A                                   45-60 minutes
    Writing Tier B/C                                60-65 minutes

    Testing Times for Alternate ACCESS
    Test                         Tasks                Minutes per Test (student work only)
    Listening                    9                    20 minutes
    Reading                      9                   20 minutes
    Speaking                    8                   20 minutes
    Writing                      10                  20 minutes