Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in State Testing
Minnesota values its educational system and the professionalism of its educators. Minnesota educators created the academic standards which are rigorous and prepare our students for career and college.
The statewide assessments are how we as a state measure that curriculum and daily instruction in our schools are being aligned to the academics standards, ensuring all students are being provided an equitable education. Statewide assessment results are just one tool to monitor that we are providing our children with the education that will ensure a strong workforce with knowledgeable citizens.
Students in grades 3-8 are given the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) in both reading and math. In high school, tenth grade students take the MCA Reading Test, and 11th grade students take the MCA Math Test. Students in grades 5, 8, and one time in high school are also given the MCA Science Test.
Parents/Guardians have the right to not have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments. The state provides a parent/guardian refusal form that must be submitted to your students school office before the tests are administered. Students who opt out of taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments will receive a recorded score of "Not Proficient," as it relates the child's proficiency level on the given test that they are opting out of.