Blue Heron Elementary Testing Schedule
2023-2024 Testing Schedule
FastBridge (September 11-26, January 3-19, May 1-24)
- FastBridge testing is a district determined computer adaptive assessment given to students in grades K-5 during the fall, winter, and spring in the areas of reading and math. Every tool uses brief, evidence-based CBM probes that are highly sensitive to growth, easily administered, and supported by significant educational research from Dr. Theodore J. Christ and his research team at the University of Minnesota to ensure validity and reliability.
- earlyReading is a screening and progress monitoring tool that provides an insightful composite score indicating PreK-1 student readiness or risk. The composite varies from fall, winter, or spring, per grade level to best match reading skill development and reliably assess risk.
- Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading (CBMreading) is used for universal screening grades 1-8 and progress monitoring grades 1-12 to evaluate a student’s performance, including accuracy, error types, and qualitative features.
- AUTOreading emerged from years of research as a fully automated, computer-administered measure of decoding, word identification, and comprehension for grades K-12. Use to screen and monitor student progress that aligns to skills recommended in the Common Core State Standards.
- Curriculum-Based Measurement for Math (CBMmath) universally screen students in grades 1-8 and can be used to progress monitor students through grade 12. Gain data insights about students’ readiness or risk across key math skill areas, such as computation, math concepts, and math applications.
- Each test takes roughly 30 minutes. Results will be communicated to families via mailings, handed out at Parent/Teacher Conferences, or can be found in the Parent Portal via Infinite Campus around mid-semester (fall test) and end of school year (spring test).
CogAT Test (Oct 23 - 27)
- CogAT testing is a district determined test administered in grades 2 and 4 to evaluate specific reasoning skills in the areas of Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal batteries. This test assesses cognitive development, the ability to learn new tasks, and problem solving abilities. The CogAT test is administered in early November of the school year.
February 1 - March 2 (Grades K-5)
ACCESS for ELL is a state required assessment used to measure English language proficiency based on Minnesota Standards for English Language Development and to meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Students will be assessed in the areas of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. The length of each test is: Reading – up to 60 minutes, Writing – up to 90 minutes, Listening – up to 65 minutes, Speaking – up to 50 minutes.
Alternate ACCESS for ELL is an individually administered English language proficiency assessment developed specifically for English learners who have significant cognitive disabilities severe enough to prevent meaningful participation in the ACCESS assessment. Students will be assessed in the areas of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. The length of each test is: Reading – up to 20 minutes, Writing – up to 20 minutes, Listening – up to 20 minutes, Speaking – up to 20 minutes.
MCA/MTAS Test (Online/Paper)
Grade 3-5 Reading MCA, April 16 and April 17
Grade 3-5 Math MCA, April 23 and April 24
Grade 5 Science MCA, April 30
- The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test is the state determined test used in schools (grades 3-5) to measure student achievement in the areas of reading, math, and science (grade 5 only). State tests are given to students in a district once a year, based on their grade level and subject area. These tests help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements. The estimated length of each test is: Reading 2 ½ - 3 ½ hours, Math 1 ½ to 2 hours, Science (5th graders) 1 ¾ hours. Results will be mailed home in late August or early September.
- The Minnesota Test of Academic Skills is an alternate assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is a performance-based assessment administered and scored by the test administrator using a script and a task-specific scoring rubric. The MTAS is used to measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). MTAS Reading and Math is given to students in grades 3-5. MTAS Science is given to students in grade 5. Test administration times will vary for each student, and the state does not provide estimated test administration times for the MTAS. Results will be mailed home in late August or early September.