Test Taking Season

Test Taking Season

We are approaching an important time for our students and staff as they will be taking the MCA tests shortly. Our district is evaluated and compared to all other schools based on our test scores each year. MCC Schools has a strong tradition of excellent scores and ranks very high in the state of Minnesota. I encourage you to stress to your student how important it is to do their best on these tests. In addition to working hard on the practice tests, students should get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast for best results. Thank you in advance for your support and assistance in educating your child. It truly does take a village to raise our children. Please check out our website for additional tips for study skills and homework help. I have included 10 Ways to help your child do better on tests


1. Review the subject matter together for upcoming tests.

2. Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest before every test.

3. Serve your child a healthy breakfast on the test day.

4. Have your child dress comfortably and arrive at school on time.

5. Send your child off to school with words of praise and support.

6. Suggest that your child do deep breathing exercises to relax before the test begins.

7. Tell your child to follow directions carefully, and ask questions if something is not clear.

8. Advise your child to do the easiest parts of the test first, then the rest.

9. Remind your child to check over answers before turning in the test.

10. Encourage wanting to do well, but stress that one test won’t measure all your child can do.


Here is the MCC Testing Schedule for 2019

Please mark these dates on your calendar.  It is very important that your children are in attendance on the days they have tests.  Please do not schedule any appointments on test days.


February 27 NAEP testing (Gr. 4 in Math & Reading) (National)

February 28 NAEP testing (Gr. 8 in Math & Reading) (National)

March 4 MTAS & MCA test windows open

March 22 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs ends

April 2 ACT at MCC for Juniors who register (National & District)

April 3-4 Grade 10 MCA Reading (State)

April 9-10 Grade 7 Reading MCA (State)

April 11-12 Grade 8 Reading MCA (State)

April 16-17 Grade 11 Math MCA (State)

April 15-18 Grades 3-6 Reading MCA (State)

April 23 Reading MCA make-ups (State)

April 23-26 Grades 3-6 Math MCA (State)

April 23-24 Grade 7 Math MCA (State)

April 25-26 Grade 8 Math MCA (State)

April 23 Make-up date for ACT at MCC

May 1 Math MCA make-ups (State)

May 2-3 HS Science MCA (Biology classes) (State)

May 1-3 Grade 5 Science MCA (State)

May 3 Reading & Math MCA/MTAS window closes

May 7-8 Grade 5 Science Make-ups (State)

May 7-8 Grade 8 Science MCA (State)

May 10 Grade 8 and 10 Science MCA make-ups (State)

May 10 Science MCA window closes

May Grades K-6 AIMS Testing (District)


Test results for MCA and ELL testing will be distributed at fall conferences. Information on state tests can be found at the Minnesota Department of Education website: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/fam/tests/


While students are diligently working on achieving their academic goals, we encourage parental participation in all of your child’s activities, so please be sure to connect with your child’s teacher or me with any questions or concerns. The latest updates and information on school activities can also be found on our webpage at www.mcc.mntm.org or our new school app.  Enjoy our Minnesota winter and be safe.


Please contact me at 507-836-6450 x 5102 or email todd_burlingame@mcc.mntm.org with any questions you may have.


Todd Burlingame

MCC Elementary Principal