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District & Statewide Testing Information

Our Testing Program

Testing is a way for us to measure how our students are learning and growing, and to ensure our schools are providing students with what they need to be successful.


Our schools use a variety of tests. The two most common tests - which are taken by the majority of our students - are the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) Grades 3-8, 10 & 11. We offer the ACT, Practice ACT, and Pre ACT throughout different grades in 9-12. Students also take the ASVAB and PSAT in high school typically during their Junior year. Our elementary (K-5) also uses FastBridge computer adaptive assessments such as aReading, aMath, and CBM.


Below is the District's Testing Calendar for all formal assessments throughout the school year. Included are all tests for all grades, as well as descriptions and time information. Please review and look at this for more information about the assessments/tests used at Alden-Conger.

Student Participation Information:

"It is important for students to participate in statewide assessments for a similar reason. Because statewide assessment results are used to evaluate how districts and the state are teaching the applicable standards, each student’s assessment results play an important role when deciding where resources are most needed. They are also crucial in determining whether changes to instruction, efforts toward equity, and emphasis on inclusion are making a difference for students. The data gathered from assessment results inform each district, and they show clear trends over time." - MDE


You may elect to not have your child(ren) participate in the state-required standardized assessments, but you must complete the Minnesota Department of Education's Opt-Out Forms and return them to Emily Stadheim prior to the start of state testing.  Below you can find the link to the forms.



For more information about MCAs, MTAS, Access and Alternate Access for ELL, please use the link below to visit the Minnesota Department of Education's Statewide Testing page


Individual Student Results are received in late August. Depending on their arrival, results are either distributed at open house (for appropriate grades), conferences (appropriate grades) or mailed out parent/guardians or students.
For districtwide results and for schools across the state please use the link below to view the Minnesota Report Card. 
Please contact Emily Stadheim, District Assessment Coordinator, with any questions or for additional information in regards to Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), also known as statewide testing or assessments.
(507) 874-3240 ext: 2340