Register for MCA Review Committees

Join an MCA Review Committee

Educators and community members from around the state are needed to serve on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Review Committees. To ensure state assessments reflect the rich diversity and experiences of all Minnesota students, committees provide feedback that is relevant for all student demographics and learning contexts. Committees that are representative of our student population are essential to the test development process.

Educator MCA Review Committees

Minnesota educators play a vital role in the test-development process. Educator MCA Review Committees are an opportunity for educators to provide advice on statewide assessments for each subject, and ensure test content and question type align closely with best practices in classroom instruction. Committees of educators who are experienced in specific content areas will meet throughout various phases of the test development process to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Review test questions, passages, and scenarios to judge appropriateness of content, cognitive complexity, and ensure inclusive language and content.
  • Review each test question and its associated data after field testing with students, to determine inclusion of the questions in the item bank, from which the tests are built.
  • Assist in developing drafts of test specifications that outline eligible test content (this process occurs only after new standards are adopted).

Each committee is a separate entity that meets for two to four days in the spring and summer–the perfect time for teachers to participate in professional development opportunities. When the committee completes their objective, a new committee is formed for the next task in the test development process. Benefits of serving on a committee include:

  • The opportunity to gain valuable insight on how students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the academic standards on state assessments.
  • Networking opportunities to learn from educators from around the state who teach the same content area and/or grade level.
  • Participants are paid an honorarium, or substitute reimbursement is provided for instructional days.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded.
  • Morning refreshments and lunch are provided.
  • Travel expenses and lodging are provided for those traveling from outside the Twin Cities metro region.

Community MCA Review Committees

To ensure the MCA reflects the rich diversity and experiences of all Minnesota students, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) needs community members from around the state to serve on Community MCA Review Committees. Community Review Committees are a vital part of the MCA development process, as they work to help develop tests that are fair and inclusive for all Minnesota students. Committees of community members meet for one to two days throughout various phases of the test development process to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Review passages and scenarios from the Reading and Science MCA to ensure culturally affirming content.
  • Review test questions from the Reading, Math, and Science MCA to ensure inclusive language and content.

Each committee is a separate entity that meets for a few consecutive days. When the committee completes their objective, a new committee is formed for the next task in the test development process. Benefits of serving on a committee include:

  • The opportunity to share your perspective and impact students from your local community.
  • The opportunity to engage in rich discussion with other community members from around the state who represent various communities and student populations in Minnesota.
  • Participants are paid an honorarium.
  • Morning refreshments and lunch are provided.
  • Travel expenses and lodging are provided for those traveling from outside the Twin Cities metro region.


How do I sign up?


If you are interested in sharing your perspective and serving on a Community or Educator MCA Review Committee, you can submit your name and email using the Submit your name to the MCA Review Committee Database link, below. Community members and educators who meet eligibility requirements for a particular committee will be placed into an eligible pool. Invitations to serve on each committee are sent to a sample of the eligible pool based on information submitted in the database.

Accepting an invitation to join a committee is not a long-term commitment. However, accepting the invitation indicates your attendance for the entire duration of the meeting. Declining an invitation to a committee will not affect your chances of being invited to future meetings. We understand the dates will not always work for everyone invited.

All personal data that you provide is kept strictly confidential and is used by MDE only for the purpose of forming MCA Review Committees.

Submit your name to the MCA Review Committee Database.

Already registered? Update your contact information by signing into the MCA Review Committee Database and following the steps provided.


If you are a teacher and wish to serve on an Educator MCA Review Committee, you need two pieces of information to register in the database: your four-digit school district number and your six-digit Minnesota license folder number. You can find this information on the following webpages:

Look up your four-digit school district number on MDE-ORG.

Locate your six-digit Minnesota license folder number on License Lookup.



Testimonials


“I have considered it a privilege to serve on MCA committees, and believe that MDE has valued my feedback as an American Indian, concerning the fairness of test questions and answer options based on my Tribal heritage, cultural background and life experiences.”

 “It was great to meet other people serving on the committees from a variety of backgrounds. Wide representation among races is important, and I feel that MDE needs to continue to allow our decisions and additions to the tests that we review; we know our students, areas, and schools the best.”
       
-Former Community Committee Members

“I have really enjoyed the time I have spent on MDE panels. The experiences have taught me a lot more about the tests themselves, and have allowed me time to discusss items with colleagues. The feedback we receive has made me a better teacher in many ways.”

“Every panel I have participated in, I have left with a greater understanding of the MCAs. You get to meet, work, and learn with educators from around the state. I leave every day with a smile on my face.”

-Minnesota Educators