In Farmington schools,
students' progress and knowledge are measured by a number of
assessments, including annual state standardized tests, twice-yearly
computerized assessments called NWEA tests, and various classroom
assessments. All of these tests are part of the district's efforts to
ensure all students are learning.
State Standardized Tests - The MCAs and NCLB
Farmington Area Public
Schools students in grades 3-11 take state standardized tests each
spring called the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). The MCAs
are designed to test students against the state academic standards in reading, math and science.
The MCA tests are also used
to measure Farmington Area Public Schools' progress toward the
requirements of federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) laws.
Farmington conducts several
assessments at a district level to ensure district curriculum and
professional development efforts are effective and efficient in
promoting student learning. These assessments include the Northwest
Evaluation Association (NWEA) measures of academic progress assessments
in reading and math, which are given twice-annually to students in
grades 2-8, as well as several grade-specific assessments.
More about District Testing
District and School Improvement Plans
Testing cannot be just about measuring student
achievement. Data from tests also are used to improve curriculum and
instruction. District 192 continually evaluates its curriculum and
provides a coordinated professional development program to ensure
teachers have the skills and tools they need to help all students learn.
Sharon Davenport - Assessment & Data Coordinator (651) 252-2851