Testing and Assessment 

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments

MCA II tests in Reading and Math are given each year in April and are required by the Minnesota Department of Education. Results of Reading and Math tests are used to track the school's Adequate Yearly Progress. Click here to access your personalized Learning Locator information. Your personal "learning locator" is printed on your individual MCA II reports that were mailed home in August. You can help your child improve by selecting online activities and resources appropriate to their skill level. If you would like to opt out of MCA testing, you must fill out this form and return it to the LJA office.

NWEA MAP Testing

NWEA Measures of Academic Progress, computerized tests given 3 times a year, track student progress from Fall to Spring and from grade to grade. This test is not required by the state; LJA uses this test to provide data to create individualized goal sheets and teachers use the results to plan differentiated instruction for all students. Areas tested are Reading, Math, General Science, and Concepts and Processes. Student results are compared to a national sample of 2.8 million students. Caregivers can click here for more information.

FAstbridge Testing

Fastbridge testing is a quick way (most tests take 30 minutes or less) to get benchmark data for student performance. We take Fastbridge tests in Math and Reading, as while as you a Social Emotional Survey offered by Fastbridge, to help us make decisions on student interventions/enrichments. These tests are taking 3 times a year, and have the added benefit of being connected to Progress Monitoring tests that can frequently track student progress in intervention areas. More information on Fastbridge testing can be found at www.fastbridge.org

Testing Calendar

Fall NWEAs:

Math-August 23 & 24

Reading-August 28 & 29

Science-August 21

Spring NWEAs:

Week of June 4th


Fall-August 17 & 18

Winter-January 8-12

Spring-Week of June 11


Math-April 24 & 25

Reading-April 26 & 27

Science-May 1 & 2