MCA-II/GRAD (Graduation Required for Diploma) is a pair of high school tests in reading and mathematics that all students, beginning with the Class of 2010, must pass in order to graduate from a public high school in Minnesota. The GRAD component of the reading and mathematics MCA-II/GRAD has replaced the reading and mathematics BSTs for these students. The Test of Written Composition remains a test required for graduation, but moves from grade 10 to grade 9 and is no longer called a BST. (from the MDE website.) These tests help schools and districts measure student progress toward the state's academic standards. The tests are given in grades 3-8, 10 and 11.
Click link below to go to the MN Dept. of Education website for more information.
Re-testing occurs throughout the school year during testing "windows" that are set up by the state and school district. Re-testing occurs approximately every 2 months. Testing "windows" open the first Tuesday of the month and remain open through the second Wednesday of the month. The results are made available to the school the third Thursday of the same month. The results are mailed home to students shortly after.
WHAT ARE THE TESTING DATES ("WINDOWS") FOR THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR?
The testing windows for the remainder of the school year are...
WHERE CAN I FIND HELP?
A current after school help/study session is now available to prepare for the upcoming GRAD retest.
Where:Tues, Wed, Thurs. from 2:40-4:00
Where: Computer Lab #2
Questions??: See Mrs. Yager, assistant principal in House 4, Mrs Kennedy, reading teacher in C244, or your school counselor.
****Help sessions are offered most weeks throughout the school year prior to the retest windows. See Mrs. Yager in House 4 for questions or for specific sessions.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I CAN DO TO PRACTICE AT HOME??
1. The single best thing that you can do as a student to better prepare for the state reading test is READ.
2. Becoming familiar with the test is also an important aspect of doing well on a test. Below are samples of tests and questions from the PIONEER PRESS that you can print out and practice. Click on the PDF's below to access the practice articles.
3. ALL students that have not passed the state reading test are automatically loaded into the Odyssey program so that they can practice reading skills and review literary terms.
-The website is...
-Your login is...
4. You can also use the results that you receive from the state.
Click on the Person Perspective link below and the information and resources on this site will help you understand the information on the Individual Student Report.
With this understanding, you can explore a wide range of online learning activities designed to enrich and improve your child's knowledge and skills.
**You will need your report(letter) from the state to find your students "locator" #.