The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward all students being proficient in 2014. Science tests are required by ESEA but are not included in AYP calculations.
For more information on MCA testing, visit the Minnesota Department of Education Web site.
BlueSky’s online format and the large geographic area of our state present several challenges that have to be addressed to ensure that each student has ample opportunity to satisfy the Minnesota writing, reading and mathematics testing requirements.
To help meet these challenges, BlueSky currently offers several different testing opportunities. During April, the primary MCA testing window, BlueSky staff arrange and host a number of different testing locations across the state.
Retesting opportunities are then offered each month, from the first Tuesday to the second Wednesday, for students who do not pass a required assessment. Retesting is available on select days in the BlueSky offices and in a number of other locations.
Mobile testing centers are arranged in local libraries and planned within a one-hour-drive of every BlueSky student needing to retake the tests. Opportunities are scheduled in each area at least once per year, with retesting notifications being sent out each month.
BlueSky will also occasionally mail or telephone students in regards to testing dates. For upcoming testing dates and locations, click here. Any additional questions or concerns regarding assessments can be directed to BlueSky’s dedicated testing coordinator Dawn Mensing through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-202-2005.