Testing & Assessment

2018 October 24 Testing Day

On Wednesday, October 24th, students in grades 9-12 will be participating in activities involving positive social interactions, college readiness testing, and college admissions preparation/planning. 

  • Grade 9: TBD
  • Grade 10: Pre-ACT test or PSAT
    • Pre-ACT Testing Rationale: Students will experience a timed, standardized test and receive predictive ACT scores in Math, English, Reading, and Science. 
    • PSAT Testing Rationale: Qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships.
  • Grade 11: ACT practice test or PSAT
    • Practice ACT Testing Rationale: Students will experience a timed, standardized test and receive predictive ACT scores in Math, English, Reading, and Science.
    • PSAT Testing Rationale: Qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships.
  • Grade 12: Students may use this day to visit colleges, prepare application materials for post secondary options, or research schools of their choice.  
  • NOTES:
    • The PreACT and the Practice ACT tests will give sophomores and juniors an opportunity to practice a timed test and they will predict your performance on the ACT test that all juniors take in spring.
    • Students in grades 10 & 11 should remember to bring their #2 pencil and a calculator!  


2019 ACT + Writing (Juniors)

Minnesota legislation requires school districts to offer the ACT + Writing test to all juniors during the school day in the spring of their junior year at no cost to families.  Districts request reimbursement from the Minnesota Department of Education. Though ACT scores are part of the student’s official ACT record, they do not appear on District 833 transcripts. Students may review and send copies of their scores to colleges at www.actstudent.org

Statewide Test Day: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Grade: 11th Grade (Juniors)

Testing Rationale: Students take the official ACT test in Math, Englith, Reading, Science, and Writing. The score from this ACT test can be submitted for college applications and scholarships.

World's Best Workforce Information (MDE website)

Minnesota Stature 120B.11 (Minn. Office of the Revisor of Statutes website)

ACT test dates [National] (ACT website)

ACT prep suggestions


ACT + Writing Test Day Activities for Freshman, Sophomores, & Seniors

To meet ACT test administration rules, testing our juniors will require buildingwide use of ERHS. Students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will not report to school on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. These students are expected to work on academics from home. View the District 833 information announcement regarding this day, which will be updated for 2019.


MCA Testing

**All MCA tests are given online.

10th grade MCA Reading:  TBD

  • Scheduled through English 10 class on Chromebooks.
  • Testing Rationale: Measure reading proficiency against state standards; Reading college and career readiness score correlates to college entrance standardizes tests; Meet federal & state accountability requirements.
  • View MCA Reading Sampler (SELECT Grade 10)

11th grade MCA Math:  TBD

  • Scheduled through US History classes on Chromebooks
  • Testing Rationale: Measure Math proficiency against state standards, Correlate college & career readiness score to college entrance standardized test, Meet federal & state accountability requirements.
  • View MCA Math Sampler (SELECT Grade 11)

High School Science:  TBD

  • Scheduled through Biology class on Chromebooks (students test the year in which they are enrolled in Biology)
  • Testing Rationale: Measure science proficiency against state standards, Meet federal & state accountability requirements.
  • View MCA Science Sampler (SELECT High School)



MTAS (MTA and Alternative Access)


The Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is part of the Minnesota assessment program. The MTAS measures reading, mathematics, and science skills that are linked to the general education curriculum. These skills represent high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities, but tasks to measure these skills are considerably less difficult than the items on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA).


MTAS Reading:  TBD




MTAS Science:  TBD




MCA Results

Students receive last year's MCA results/scores by fall conferences. Reports are sent home with students.

Questions, please contact our Testing & Assessment Coordinator, Adam Hayes, at ahayes@sowashco.org or 651-425-2408.


Advanced Placement (AP) Testing 

AP Exams take place each May. For more information about AP testing at East Ridge High School, please visit the AP Testing page.
Questions, please contact our AP Coordinator, Beth Salmon, at esalmon1@sowashco.org.