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NWEA Testing Information

PACT Charter School students in grades K-12 take the NWEA-MAP tests each year.  Bethel University, PACT’s authorizer, requires PACT students to take a nationwide assessment each year.  The NWEAs are a nationwide test that adjusts to a student’s ability. It provides information to our school and our stakeholders that show how PACT students are doing compared to other students around the nation.

These tests are also necessary for PACT teachers and staff members because they show students’ growth, and they help to make curricular decisions. The results are separated by substrands to provide teachers and parents with a better understanding about a student’s academic progress. The results also provide a Lexile Reading Level to help guide students with choosing books at their level.

NWEA Testing Calendar

When Who What Why Duration Results Distributed
Sept. 22-29 K-2 NWEA Reading For Instruction and Placement 75-90 Minutes Fall Conferences
Oct. 3-5
Oct. 10-11
K-2 NWEA Math For Instruction and Placement

75-90

Minutes

Fall Conferences

December 14-21
January 4-6

7-12 NWEA Reading and Math Test out of Academic Strategies 75-90 Minutes Before Semester 2
Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 7-11 NWEA Math For Instruction and Preparation 2.5 hours Winter Conferences
Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 5 NWEA Math For Instruction and Preparation 75-90 Minutes Winter Conferences
Feb. 2 5 NWEA Reading For Instruction and Preparation 75-90 Minutes Winter Conferences
Feb. 6-8 7-11 NWEA Reading For Instruction and Preparation 2.5 hours Winter Conferences
Feb. 6-7 3, 4, 6 NWEA Math For Instruction and Preparation 75-90 Minutes Winter Conferences
Feb. 9-10 3, 4, 6 NWEA Reading For Instruction and Preparation 75-90 Minutes Winter Conferences
April 3-7 K-2 NWEA Reading To see growth and goals met 75-90 Minutes With Report Cards
April 10-13 K-2 NWEA Math To see growth and goals met 75-90 Minutes With Report Cards
May 8-11 3, 4 NWEA Reading To see growth and goals met 75-90 Minutes With Report Cards
May 15-18 7-12 NWEA Reading To see growth and goals met 2.5 hours With Report Cards
May 15-18 5-6 NWEA Reading To see growth and goals met 75-90 Minutes With Report Cards
May 22-25 Make-up NWEA Reading To see growth and goals met TBD With Report Cards

 

MCA Testing Information

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) state tests provide a measure of student progress towards mastery of Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements as well as determine federal and state accountability measures.  The results are also used by the school’s authorizer, Bethel University, to evaluate the school’s performance. PACT uses the MCA data to identify district and school strengths and weaknesses; and to identify student growth.

Individual Student Reports mailed to parents/guardians in late summer/early fall.

MCA Testing Calendar

When Who What Why Duration Results Distributed
April 10-13 3-4 MCA Math Student progress; mandated 1.5 – 2 hours Spring (online); Summer (mail)
April 10-12 11 MCA Math Student progress; mandated 1.5 – 2.5 hours Spring (online); Summer (mail)
April 18-21 3-4 MCA Reading Student progress; mandated 2.5 – 3.5 hours Spring (online); Summer (mail)
April 18-26 5-6 MCA Math Student progress; mandated 1.5 – 2 hours Spring (online); Summer (mail)
April 18-26 5-6 MCA Reading Student progress; mandated 2.5 – 3.5 hours Spring (online); Summer (mail)
April 24-27 7-8 MCA Math Student progress; mandated 2 – 2.5 hours Spring (online); Summer (mail)
May 1-4 7-8 MCA Reading Student progress; mandated 2.5 – 3.5 hours Spring (online); Summer (mail)
May 1-4 10 MCA Reading Student progress; mandated 2 – 3 hours Spring (online); Summer (mail)
May 8-10 5, 8, and Biology Students MCA Science Student progress; mandated 1.5 - 2.0 hours Spring (online); Summer (mail)


MTAS Testing Information

The Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) state tests provide a measure of student progress towards mastery of Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements as well as determine federal and state accountability measures.  Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet the MTAS eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.

MTAS Testing Calendar

When Who What Why Duration Results Distributed
March 6- May 5 3-8 and 10 MTAS Reading  Student progress; mandated 45-90 minutes Spring (online); Summer (mail)
March 6 - May 5 3-8 and 10 MTAS Science Student progress; mandated 30-60 minutes Spring (online); Summer (mail)
March 6- May 5 3-8 and 11 MTAS Math Student progress; mandated 30-60 minutes Spring (online); Summer (mail)


ACT Prep & ACT Testing Information

The ACT is a college entrance exam.  Many colleges and universities use the ACT as part of their admissions decision-making process.  It is ideal because it allows them to make comparisons between students using a common criterion.  The ACT has four sections: English, Reading, Math, and Science plus an optional 40 minute writing test.   Some colleges and universities will require the writing option.

When Who What Why Duration Results Distributed
April 10-12 11

ACT Prep

Preparation for ACT Class Period In class
April 19 11

ACT

College Entrance 3 hours or 3 hours 40 min Online 3-8 weeks after testing

 

PSAT Testing Information

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is often used as a way to prepare for the SAT or ACT.  The setting and duration are similar to what students can expect when they go to take the SAT or ACT.  If the PSAT is taken during junior year, students can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.  Furthermore, students can use the PSAT score as a way to qualify for PSEO.

When Who What Why Duration Results Distributed
October 19 10, 11

PSAT

ACT Practice and PSEO Qualification 2 hours 45 min Fall (Mail)

 

ASVAB Testing Information

PACT Charter School students can take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).  The ASVAB is used for entrance and placement into the military.  It is designed to measure aptitudes in four domains: Verbal, Math, Science and Technical, and Spatial. 

Even though this battery is used for military purposes, it is open to all students.  There is a career exploration component that is beneficial for all students.  It also provides valuable information on a student's interests and abilities. 

When Who What Why Duration Results Distributed
November 14 11

ASVAB

Military Entrance and Career Exploration 3 hours Fall (mail)

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Information

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 measures a student's progress in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English language skills. It is required for students who are identified as English Language Learners.

When Who What Why Duration Results Distributed
March 7-9 ELL Students

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

To check for English Language acquisition 2.5 to 3 hours Summer (Online), Fall (mail)

 

Opt-Out Information

Students may opt-out of standardized testing. Parents must submit a written request annually to PACT Charter School for a student to opt-out of that year's standardized testing.. 

Additional Information Online

All dates are in the 2016-2017 school year, and are subject to change.

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