The Statewide Testing division provides information and assistance to District Assessment Coordinators (DACs), the school district's main contact for the administration of state assessments. Documents in this section include testing calendars, general policies and procedures, and information to help DACs edit and use test data. Links are provided at right to offsite websites and related pages on our site.
Additional resources for teachers including achievement level descriptors, test specifications and how to register for advisory panels are available in the Educator Excellence section. See the link to Testing Resources for Teachers.
Report on 2013 Online Assessment Disruptions
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) worked with an independent third-party to conduct a thorough analyses of the 2013 online assessments to fully understand the potential impact of testing interruptions on April 16 and April 23. The investigation into the effects of the computer disruptions on student and school scores is finished, and the final report is available here, along with a letter to parents summarizing the findings. Read the report. Read the parent letter. Read the Commissioner's letter to Superintendents.
Assessment Vendor and Procedures Manual
American Institutes for Research (AIR) holds the contract to administer the Minnesota assessments. For test administration manuals, item samplers, staff training resources, tutorials, software downloads and other information necessary for test administration, select the link provided to the Minnesota Assessments portal. The Procedures Manual for the Minnesota Assessments provides information about the Minnesota assessments, district staff roles and responsibilities, and test administration practices, policies, and procedures, and can be found in the General Resources section of the Minnesota Assessments portal site.
Statewide Testing communicates with DACs and other interested district staff in a variety of ways, including a weekly Assessment Update newsletter, trainings, and an annual summer assessment conference. DACs and superintendents automatically receive the weekly Assessment Update. Other interested district staff may email their name, email address, and district name and number to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the newsletter. Statewide assessment questions should be directed to the person listed below who serves your area code:
|Area Code||Name and Email Link||Phone|
|320, 507||Lisa Grasdalen||651-582-8485|
|651, 763, 952||Tracy Cerda||651-582-8692|
Assessment Advisory Groups
A variety of groups and organizations advise the Minnesota Assessment System. Each serves a specific role and their combined efforts contribute significantly to the program’s success. For information about our advisory groups, see Statewide Testing Advisory Groups. To apply, complete the Advisory Committee Application. To register for the advisory panels that review the development of each test, choose the link to Test Resources for Teachers.