NEW Released Math MCA Items

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), for the first time in its history, has released some math items for teacher and student use on our website. Supplemental information, such as metadata and answer option rationales, is provided to make the items more useful for classroom practice.

MCA Achievement Level Descriptor Maps (Progressions)

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

There is a descriptor map for each grade that is tested on the MCA in math, reading, and science. These maps are on the department of education website MDE > Districts, Schools and Educators > Statewide Testing > Achievement Level

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.

Q & A about MCA Math Test Resources

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

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.

Reading the MCA Reports

What do Partially Meets, Meets, and Exceeds mean on the Individual Student Reports (ISR)?

Calculators on the MCA

The calculators used on the MCA are available online for use in classrooms or on homework. To take advantage of the free online calculator, visit the PearsonAccess Next websites shown.

MCA Technology Enhanced Items In Action (videos)

Submitted by Angela Hochstetter and Ann Page (MDE Math Specialists)
Would you like to see some technology-enhanced items in action?

Have a Say about the MCA

Submitted by Angela Hochstetter and Ann Page (MDE Math Specialists)
Do you want a chance to give feedback about questions that will be field tested on the MCA next year?

MCA Online Item Samplers and Teacher Guides

Item samplers and teacher guides are available as resources for MCA preparation. The teacher guides give additional information about each sampler item and may be used in conjunction with the samplers. (The online location for both of these is at the end of this post.)