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Test Specifications

The Division of Statewide Testing provides test specifications for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) in reading, mathematics and science. Test specifications provide information on how the academic standards are addressed on a test and contain specific rules and characteristics that guide the development of a test’s content and format. The test specifications indicate which strands, sub-strands, standards and benchmarks will be assessed on the test and in what proportions.

Test specifications are excellent tools for gaining an in-depth understanding of the content and format of the tests. However, they are not meant to be used as the basis for curriculum and instruction. Some concepts in the academic standards can only be assessed in the classroom and not on a standardized statewide assessment.

Public Review Period for Reading MCA Test Specifications Closes February 10, 2021

The survey for public review period for the Reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment Draft Test Specifications closes February 10, 2021.

As a result of the 2020 revision to the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Reading, a committee of Minnesota educators has drafted the Reading MCA-IV Test Specifications describing how these standards will be assessed in 2024-2025 for students. Members of the public are encouraged to review the proposed draft test specifications and provide feedback through the Survey Monkey survey until February 10, 2021. The survey contents can be reviewed in Reading MCA-IV Test Specifications Feedback Survey document.

Reading MCA-IV Test Specifications draft - 1/20/21
This document (draft) describes a proposal for how the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Reading will be assessed for students.

Public Review Period for Science Alt MCA Test Specifications closes January 24, 2021

The survey for the public review period for the Science Alternate Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (Alt MCA, formerly MTAS) Draft Test Specifications closes January 24, 2021.

As a result of the 2019 revisions to the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science, a committee of Minnesota educators has drafted the Science Alt MCA Test Specifications describing how these standards will be assessed in 2023-24 for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Members of the public are encouraged to review the proposed draft test specifications and provide feedback through the Survey Monkey Science Alt MCA Test Specifications Feedback Survey until January 24, 2021. The survey contents can be reviewed in the Science Alt MCA Test Specifications Feedback Survey document.

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Test Specifications Are Specific Rules and Characteristics That Guide the Development of a Test’s Content and Format