Estimated Time

Results Availability



Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)



5, 8, HS





Grades 5, 8

1.75 hours


Grade HS

2 hours


Individual Student Reports will be share with parents in the fall of the following school year.

Science MCA results will also be posted on Campus Portal.

MCA Parent Fact Sheet


Test Preparation Suggestions for Parents and Teachers


Item Samplers




To measure students’ progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do.  MCAs meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Who Uses Data

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Science Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • EL Teachers
  • Title I Teachers
  • Principals
  • Deans and Assistant Principals
  • Teaching and Learning Staff
  • Administrators
  • Community

Current Use of Data

  • Inform classroom teaching and learning.
  • Use of sub strand data to inform curriculum and instruction.
  • Identifies concepts and skills that need improvement so teachers can alter methods of instruction or adjust instructional time devoted to a specific concept or skill.
  • Assess student knowledge and skills relative to the respective MN academic standards.
  • Inform curriculum review needs/priorities.
  • Compare our performance across schools and districts.
  • Inform staff development needs/ priorities.