• HS MCA Testing Schedule
    Reading - Testing in English classes April 18-21 - Grades 7,8, 10 
    Math - Testing in Math classes May 1-5 - Grades 7 & 8
    Grade 11 Math May 2
    Science - Testing in Science classes May 8-10 - Grades 8
    Grade 10 Science May 9

    Each spring, Minnesota students take either the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) or the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS).

    Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements take the MTAS instead. Both provide information about student learning of grade level content in Reading, Mathematics, and Science.

    Some of the benefits to taking the MCA tests in  high school include:
    • Gives the school a snapshot of how well we are teaching language arts, math and science standards. The data collected from the results helps us examine our curriculum and pedagogy. 
    • Practice for other standardized tests that students may encounter such as: ASVAB, ACT, Accuplacer, etc). 
    • Some 2 year schools can use MCA scores to determine program eligibility and/or course placement. This could mean that students would not need to take an additional placement test such as the accuplacer. 
    • Our results are included on the Minnesota report card. When a parent opts a student out of testing, it is equivalent to "does not meet". This can translate into misleading results on the report card for our school. 
    What we ask of our students when taking the MCAs is for students to give their best effort!
    To learn more about the benefits of taking the MCAs tests at Hawley Schools, please contact the building Principal.