Comparing Multiple-Response Questions to Multiple-Choice Questions on the MCA

There are a variety of technology-enhanced (TE) questions used on the MCA. One type of TE question is called multiple-response (MR). In this type of question the student is expected to select more than one answer option.

Scholarships and Teacher Support

The MCTM Foundation awards scholarships of up to $1200 to middle school teachers to help with costs. You can help us award more grants by donating to the MCTM Foundation.

Volunteer Opportunities

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We hope this helps you in your efforts to make connections. If you find something you want to share, or are looking for volunteers within the MCTM organization, contact your Region Director who will be able to channel the information to the Communications Committee.

Teachers Sharing Resources

Teachers Sharing Resources is a suite of online portals that allow teachers to share effective resources with each other.

Supplemental Math Resources from MDE

On the Pearson Perspective website ( there are hundreds of FREE resources available to you and your students.

Q & A about MCA Math Test Resources

Q1: What can you do to help prepare students for the MCA?

OLPA Information and Resources

The Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) will be administered this school year for the last time. The testing window opens on Monday, October 17th, 2016, and closes on Friday, February 10th, 2017. Talk to your School Assessment Coordinator or District Assessment Coordinator to see if your school is administering OLPA. The OLPA math test is […]

Happy New Year!

Over the summer I rediscovered the book Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts that Raise Student Achievement by Steven Leinwand. The lens is pointed to “engage, and focus on understanding and application.” (p.2) In this time of heightened awareness and action to engage all students and to be culturally responsive in our classrooms, it makes sense to integrate Leinwand’s shifts.

Helpful Hints – Fill in the Blank Items on the MCA

All responses to fill in the blank (FIB) items are reviewed by a computer program/algorithm as well as math specialists. Over the years, similar mistakes have been noted on the MCA across items and grades.

equiTABLE Talk

Equity in mathematics education in Minnesota is moving beyond rhetoric. We will meeting around the table to have conversations to fuel the movement.