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Measuring success in District 196

The District 196 Research, Assessment & Analytics department is responsible for all district wide achievement testing. The assessment center staff work on implementation of state graduation standards; administer district, state and national tests; collect other information to support revision and development of curricular and instructional programs; and report data to the School Board, the Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council (CIAC), and the public.

Our mission is to collect meaningful information, report it in a timely way, and communicate the results in a clear and helpful style. The District 196 Assessment Plan articulates a balanced system of assessment that:

  • Aligns with Minnesota and district standards
  • Supports our district mission
  • Provides assessment information that is compatible with information from previous grades
  • Provides data to be used by Professional Learning Communities for strengthening instructional approaches
  • Utilizes an array of assessment methods which provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding and knowledge

Assessments are an integral part of instruction, as it determines whether or not the goals of education are being met. Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, curriculum, and, in some cases, funding. Assessments inspire us to ask these hard questions: "Are we teaching what we think we are teaching?" "Are students learning what they are supposed to be learning?" "Is there a way to teach the subject better, thereby promoting better learning?" 

(Schools will have their own assessment times within this testing window)

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Student Participation

For Minnesota’s statewide assessments to reflect the full impact of district- and state-level implementation of the applicable standards, as well as district-level success at teaching the standards, it is important for all Minnesota students to take the statewide tests. The impact of this data spans the state, impacts each district, and demonstrates clear trends across time. The data on today’s third graders, for example, helps us understand those same students learning in fifth, ninth, and 12th grade. Also, today’s third graders help us understand every third grade class for years to come, and whether changes to curriculum, efforts toward equity, and emphasis on inclusion make a substantial difference to our students. In addition, English learners must take the ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS to exit English language instruction. Without these test scores, students will continue to receive English learner services.

Parent/guardian guide and refusal for student participation in statewide testing (signed forms are due by March 15, 2024):

ACT for all grade 11 students, and PreACT for all grade 10 students is now scheduled, Districtwide, for Tuesday, April 23rd
EHS will have all 10
th and 11th grade students testing. 
Grades 9 and 12 will have a virtual learning day at homes.

EHS Testing Schedule

ACT Test - April 23, 2024
Practice ACT - April 23, 2024
Access Testing
   Feb. 20, 2024 - Reading & Listening
   Feb. 22, 2024 - Speaking & Writing
   Feb. 21, 2024 - (Makeup Reading & Listening)
   Feb. 23, 2024 - (Makeup Speaking & Writing)
MCA Reading - March 19, 2024
MCA Science - April 15-19, 2024
MCA Math - March 19, 2024
Bilingual Seals Test - April 23, 2024
Bilingual Seals Test Information:
Your MUST Register to take this test. 
The Minnesota Bilingual/Multilingual Seal program recognizes students who can demonstrate proficiency in a world language. The Multilingual/Bilingual Seals program gives students an opportunity to earn college credit from the Minnesota State system. Bilingual/Multilingual Seals are available to Seniors. Both native speakers of a world language and students who study a world language are eligible to earn college credit if they demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The test is not timed but takes about 2.5 hours. 
  • Registration will be available November 8, 2023 – March 15, 2024. At this time the assessments are open to grade 12 students interested in earning the world language certificate or bilingual/multilingual seal. To register for the test(s) please complete the online registration survey 2023-24 Bilingual Test Registration.
  • This year there is no charge for the exam.
  • Students can stop into 133 and speak with Ms. Graham if they have questions.