Testing & Assessment


ACCESS Testing

The ACCESS for ELLs and Alternative ACCESS for ELLs are English language proficiency assessments used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. These assessments are used to monitor English learners' progress as they develop academic language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

ACCESS Listening, Reading and Writing: February 5, 2019

ACCESS Speaking: February 11-22, 2019

Questions regarding ACCESS testing or EL services, please contact Matt Karasek or Kym O'Donnell

Minnesota Student Survey

Our school district is asking students in grades 5, 8, 9 and 11 to participate in the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS). Federal law requires us to notify parents of this school activity. The MSS is conducted in schools across our state every three years.

Questions on the survey are about many topics relating to young people’s lives. The survey asks about how well school is going, future plans, out-of-school activities, physical and mental health, relationships, substance use and more. High school students are asked about sexual behavior. This useful information about their thoughts and behaviors helps communities and schools develop effective programs and provide better services. This survey is anonymous. To prevent individuals or families from being identified, students do not provide their names, student identification numbers or other personal information. This survey is voluntary. If you do not want your child to take the Minnesota Student Survey, please return this opt out form to: your school’s main office byFebruary 1, 2019.

The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) will be administered at ERHS in grades 9 & 11 between February 4-March 7, 2019. More specifics will be communicated at a future date.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact: Brian Boothe, Director of Professional Development & Accountability, 651-425-6228 or bboothe@sowashco.org. You have the right to review a copy of the survey. For details on how to do this, please contact: Brian Boothe, Director of Professional Development & Accountability, 651-425-6228 or bboothe@sowashco.org.  For additional resources for students & families, click here.

2019 MCA Testing

**All MCA tests are given online.

10th grade MCA Reading:  March 25-29

  • 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:  April 8-12

  • 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:  May 6-10

  • 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)

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



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.