The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and alternate assessment Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take the alternate assessment MTAS instead.

For an overview of the statewide testing program, reference the attached document.

Pearson is the online test administrator for the MCA tests. PearsonPerspective is the online system that educators, and families, can access for test-related material. The generic password is: mn_edu
If an educator wishes to generate test-based assignments, go to PearsonPerspective (link below) and sign-up for an account. Use the generic password mn_edu to help set this up.
Also, educators can access Item Samplers and other test-related material at PearsonAccess. This website address is: