Assessments

As a data-driven school, Athlos Leadership Academy administrators and teachers use student achievement results and growth data to determine trends in performance levels. Further, ALA teachers analyze student-specific data when determining the educational supports needed at the student level. Through benchmark assessments and continuous progress monitoring, ALA teachers have a clear understanding of each student’s current achievement data. That data is used for setting measurable goals for accelerating progress toward the year-end proficiency goals.

 

Curriculum and instructional techniques are selected based on the results of assessments, teacher observations, best practice, and current research. ALA’s primary focus is to provide students with a high-quality and rigorous academic program to prepare students for college or a career.

 

State Assessments

Athlos Leadership Academy follows guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education when making determinations of student requirements regarding assessments Athlos Leadership Academy District Assessments

Athlos Leadership Academy’s district assessments have been chosen as part of the school-wide board-approved assessment plan. Additional assessments may be added to the district assessment plan under the directives of administration or the board. Parents and students may not opt out of taking district assessments as they are required of all students in order to create learning plans to best meet student needs. All students will take district assessments in accordance with the assessment plan and the school assessment calendar.

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NWEA – MAP

Info coming soon

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards. These tests are requirements of the state of Minnesota.

Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take the alternate assessment Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) instead.

MCA Reading Assessments
  • Grades 3–5
  • Online or paper-based formats
  • Adaptive test
MCA Math Assessments
  • Grades 3–5
  • Online or paper-based formats
  • Adaptive test
MCA Science Assessments
  • Grades 5
  • Online or paper-based formats
  • Test is linear (same for each student)

English Language Proficiency Assessments

At Athlos, ACCESS is administered to K–8 students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It’s given annually to monitor students’ progress in learning academic English. WIDA’s five English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards: Social & Instructional Language, Language of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies and test forms are divided into five grade-level clusters (testing grades 1–8).

ACCESS
  • Paper-based and online formats for grades 1–5
  • Paper-based format for kindergarten
  • Learn more
Alternate ACCESS
Links to learn more

Athlos Academy 2024 Assessment Calendar

January 29, 2024-February 2, 2024 –  ACCESS Listening Grades 1-5; Reading Grades 1-5
February 5, 2024-February 9, 2024 –  ACCESS Reading & Speaking Grades 1-5
February 12, 2024-February 16, 2024- ACCESS  Speaking & Writing Grades 1-5
February 20, 2024- February 23, 2024- ACCESS Writing Grades 3-5
February 26, 2024-March 1, 2024- ACCESS Kindergarten, ACCESS Writing Grades 3-5
March 4, 2024-March 8, 2024- Winter Break
March 11, 2024-March 22, 2024- Kindergarten ACCESS /Make-up Testing ACCESS

MCA

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Third through eighth graders take assessments in reading and math. Fifth and eighth graders take science MCAs as well. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.

 

As a public charter school, we are required to align our curriculum and instruction with Minnesota State Standards. MCA assessments are then used to measure student progress in relation to the standards they have been instructed on throughout the year. Unless students require specific accommodations as noted in IEPs or 504s, MCA assessments are taken on computers.

 

Classroom teachers will also be in communication with students and families regarding specific testing dates for your student’s homeroom. Any changes will be communicated through the school’s webpages.