What is the relationship between academic statewide assessments and the academic standards?

The statewide assessments in mathematics, reading, and science are used to measure whether students, and their school and
district, are meeting the academic standards. Statewide assessments are one measure of how well students are doing on the
content that is part of their daily instruction. It is also a measure of how well schools and districts are doing in aligning their
curriculum and teaching the standards.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and
Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)
• Based on the Minnesota Academic Standards; given
annually in grades 3–8 and high school in reading and
mathematics; given annually in grades 5, 8, and high school
for science.
• Majority of students take the MCA.
• MTAS is an option for students with the most significant
cognitive disabilities.
ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for English Learners
• Based on the WIDA English Language Development
• Given annually to English learners in grades K–12 in reading,
writing, listening, and speaking.
• Majority of English learners take ACCESS for ELLs.
• Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an option for English learners
with the most significant cognitive disabilities


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