District Assessments & Dates

Minnesota Department of Education:

Why Participation in Statewide Testing Matters


A statewide assessment is just one measure of your child’s academic achievement, but your child’s participation in the statewide assessment is important to determine how effectively the education at our child’s school is aligned to the academic standards.  Here are some important points from MDE:

  • Students who do not participate will receive a score of “not proficient.”

  • Students who receive a college-ready score on the high school MCA are not required to take a remedial, noncredit course at a Minnesota State college or university in the corresponding subject area, potentially saving time and money.

  • Educators and policy makers use information from assessments to make decisions about resources and support provided.

  • Parents and the general public use assessment information to compare schools and make decisions about where to purchase a home or to enroll their children.

  • School performance results that are publicly released and used by families and communities are negatively impacted if students do not participate in assessments.


Parents and guardians have a right to not have their child participate in state-required standardized assessments. Minnesota Statutes require the department to provide information about statewide assessment to parents/guardians and include a form to complete if they refuse to have their child participate. This information and the form to opt out can be found on the Statewide Testing Page on the MDE website. The form must be submitted to the student's school office no later than January 15th of the academic school year.


Link to opt-out form:

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/fam/tests/