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. Go to the links on the left for additional information on the assessments, such as testing calendars and alternate assessment requirements. Links are provided on the 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.
Assessment Vendor and Procedures Manual
American Institutes for Research (AIR) holds the contract to administer the Minnesota assessments for 2013-2014. 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.
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Pearson holds the contract for the MCA and MTAS assessments in mathematics, reading, and science, as well as the grade 8 ACT Explore and grade 10 ACT Plan career and college assessments. ACT holds the contract for the Compass college placement diagnostic assessment and ACT plus Writing college entrance exam. For more information, refer to the Minnesota Tests page available at the link on the left side of the page.
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.