Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:15 AM


Students in grades 3 – 8 will begin taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) in math and reading.  In addition, the MCA Science test will be administered to 5th and 8th graders.  The MCA testing schedule is posted on the Lake Harriet website calendar and MCA testing will be completed by May 12. 

Upcoming testing dates:
May 8 – May 31 Fast aRead and aMath  (Lower Campus)
May 1 – May 26 Kindergarten: EKA (End of Kindergarten Assessment) and COM (Concepts of Math)


     Here are some helpful tips to support your student(s) during Spring testing:
Make sure your student has a healthy breakfast at home or picks up school breakfast on testing day.

     Remind students that these tests are not graded or a competition and any scores are used to help teachers to make decisions and improve instruction.

     Talk to your student about doing his/her best.

     Pick and practice a calming strategy – this might include deep breathing,  counting backwards to 10, or visualizing a favorite place or person.


If you would like your student to opt-out of testing this spring (and you didn’t fill out a form this fall) please pick up a 2016-2017 Parent Assessment Refusal form in the office at either campus.  Please email Ashley Gillingham, Assistant Principal with any questions or concerns.

Testing Calendar