Minnesota Tests

This page provides information on the assessments in the Minnesota Assessment System, including the standards-based accountability assessments, English language proficiency assessments, and the assessments used to meet graduation assessment requirements.

Overview information for parents is available on the Testing Information section of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) website. See Related MDE resources.

Standards-Based Accountability Assessments
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS. Download the MTAS Eligibility Requirements.

Pearson provides Minnesota's standards-based accountability assessments. Resources for District Assessment Coordinators are available on PearsonAccess Next. See Related offsite resources.

English Language Proficiency Assessments
The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are the assessments developed by the WIDA consortium and administered to English learners in order to measure progress toward meeting Minnesota’s standards for English language development, developed by the WIDA consortium. Most English learners will take the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, but English learners who received special education services and meet the participation guidelines may take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. Links to the WIDA Consortium website and WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS) are provided under Related offsite resources. Participation criteria for the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are located in the Assessment section of the WIDA website.

Career and College Readiness
Districts have a number of requirements to fulfill for students’ career and college planning for students first enrolled in grade eight in 2012–13 and later. This includes offering students in grades 11 and 12 an opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized college entrance exam (ACT or SAT) on a school day. These students are not required to achieve a specified score on an assessment in order to graduate or meet graduation assessment requirements.

Comments and Suggestions
Comments, suggestions, and feedback for improvements for the Minnesota assessments are valuable to the growth and effectiveness of the testing program. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and our service providers continually work to improve testing procedures for future administrations. To send feedback to MDE, email
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District Assessment Coordinator Resources for Administering Minnesota Tests

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