Operational items are test questions that are scored and counted toward a student's final MCA score.
Field Test Item
|Field test items are questions and passages currently under review by educator committees. Responses to these do not count toward a student's final score.|
Off-grade items are based on the academic standards one grade above and/or below the student's current grade. They count toward the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Score, and are not counted toward a student's final MCA score.
Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Education requires districts to ensure that all students are familiar with the online format of the test they will be taking. Students should be able to successfully navigate, use the online tools and accessibility features, and respond to different item types. Resources available to help with this are listed below. The Purpose of Student Resources document further explains the resources, and their intended purposes. Decisions may vary by school, grade, or student in regards to which resources your district chooses to use with students.
The information found in the "Grade Level Assessment Details" Table at the bottom of this page, is from the Procedures Manual and Test Specifications. Each document is organized by grade and subject, so teachers have quick access to MCA details most relevant to their work. Please note that while test specifications can be a helpful a resource for educators to see how the academic standards are addressed on the MCA, they are not meant to be used as the basis for curriculum and instruction. Nor are they meant to limit instruction based on the limits set in the test specifications.