Testing Calendar

2020-2021 Spectrum Testing Plan/Schedule                   (Updated: October 29th, 2020)

Date(s)
Test
Grades
Requirement
Purpose
Rationale and Requirement
Approximate Length of Time
October 14th (Wednesday)
PSAT/NMSQT
10-11
Local
Provides practice for the SAT and allows 11th grade students the possibility of scholarship opportunities. Measures critical reading, math, and writing skills
Minnesota
Statutes, section 120B. 30
2 hours 45 minutes
Feb 22nd
PSAT 8/9
9
Local
Used to meet qualification requirements for concurrent enrollment classes in 10th grade. Provides practice for SAT.
Minnesota
Statutes, section 120B. 30
2 hours 30 minutes
February 9th-12th
Access for ELL
6-12
State
To provide measurement of five content areas of the English language learner development standards and provide a proficiency level for logical progression.
ESEA
 
March 2nd, 2021
ACT (no writing)
11
State/Federal
Fulfills state requirement to offer a college placement exam; measures college readiness as well as provides scholarship opportunities
Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30
2 hours 55 minutes (no writing) 3 hours and 35 minutes (writing)
 
March:Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th (Make-Up March 25th)
MCA Reading
6-8
State
To provide evidence of student proficiency in grade level standards.
Minnesota
Statutes, section 120B. 30 and ESEA
2.5-3.5 hours
April:Tuesday 20th, Wednesday April 21st (Make-Up April 22nd)
MCA Math
6-8
State
To provide evidence of student proficiency in grade level standards.
Minnesota
Statutes, section 120B. 30 and ESEA
2-3 hours
 
April 13th Tues (Make-Up April 14th)
MCA Reading, MCA Math
10-11
State
To provide evidence of student proficiency in grade level standards.
Minnesota
Statutes, section 120B. 30 and
ESEA
2-3 hours (reading)
1.5-2.5 (math)
April 27th Tues (Make-Up April 28th)
MCA Science
10
State
To provide evidence of student proficiency in grade level standards.
Minnesota
Statutes, section 120B. 30 and ESEA
2.5-3.5 hours
May: Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th (Make-Up May 6th)
MCA Science
8
State
To provide evidence of student proficiency in grade level standards.
Minnesota
Statutes, section 120B. 30 and ESEA
1.5-2 hours
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
AP Human Geography
9
Local
To determine elgibility for college credit
Minnesota
Statutes, section 120B. 30
2 hours 15 minutes
Friday, May 14, 2021
AP Biology
10
Local
To determine elgibility for college credit
Minnesota
Statutes, section 120B. 30
3 hours