Testing & Assessment

Assessment Program 


Testing is one way that student achievement is measured in the Proctor Public Schools. Our 6-8, 9-12, and two K-5 sites administer three categories of assessments during the school year: state assessments, district benchmark assessments, and classroom assessments.  State assessments take place once a year, district benchmark assessments take place up to three times a year, and classroom assessments are continuous and ongoing.  All three types of assessments provide educators with the necessary information needed to measure student learning.
State Assessments  -  Standards-Based Accountability Assessments

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and alternate assessment Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements. Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take the alternate assessment MTAS instead. Access for ELLs or Alternate ACCESS for ELLs must be administered to all English Language Learners grades K-12 during an established testing window. It’s used to determine the English language proficiency levels and measurable progress in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.


The list below shows tests by subject and the grades they are given:

  • Reading: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)

  • Mathematics: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)

  • Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8, and once in high school)

  • ACCESS for ELL (administered to all EL students K-12)

District Assessments

In addition to the required state assessments, students in grades K-5 take district benchmark assessments up to three times a year.  Benchmark assessments measure student progress on academic standards, guide programmatic needs, and help identify students who may need extra support or enrichment. In grades 6-8, students complete a Measurement of Academic Progress 2 or 3 times throughout the school year.  The NWEA/MAP assessment is used to evaluate student readiness to learn compared to grade level standards while also serving as an evaluation tool for improving curriculum alignment and instructional practices in both ELA and Math. Benchmark assessments at the K-5 and 9-12 levels serve as screeners in the fall.  The same screener completed in the spring helps measure student growth based on national norms.


College Entrance Exams

To provide Minnesota graduates information related to career and college readiness.


Classroom Assessments
Individual teachers administer many types of assessments throughout the school year, including quizzes, chapter or unit tests, and final exams. These formative and summative assessments are used to determine mastery of skills and help inform instruction.

Contact Mark Hughes at mhughes@proctor.k12.mn.us for and district assessment questions or concerns.

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