State Assessments, Descriptions, Grade Level Administrations
State and national assessments provide teachers and school administrators with valuable information about the
academic status of all students in Lakeville. A brief definition for each of Lakeville’s regularly administered
assessments is listed below.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments--Series II (MCA-IIs)
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments—Series II (MCA-IIs) are the state tests that help districts measure
student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind.
The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made adequate
yearly progress toward all students being proficient in 2014.
Reading and mathematics tests are given in grades 3-8. Reading is also assessed in grade 10 while
mathematics is assessed in grade 11. In the spring of 2008 online science tests were given in grades 5 and 8
and once in high school, depending on when students completed their life sciences curriculum.
Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (GRAD)
The Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (GRAD) are the state tests that fulfill Minnesota’s high
school graduation requirement for students who first entered grade 8 in 2005-06 or later. These tests measure
student performance on essential skills in Writing, Reading and Mathematics for success in the 21st century. If
a student does not satisfy the graduation requirement for an assessment during the first administration, there
will be retest opportunities available.
Basic Skills Tests (BSTs)
The Basic Skills Tests (BSTs) are tests of reading, mathematics and writing that students who entered grade 8 in
2004-05 or earlier must pass to receive a diploma from a public high school. These reading and mathematics
tests were first administered to these students when they were eighth graders and the writing test when they
were tenth graders. In 2008-2009, students can retest four times in reading