3rd Grade Assessments


This test is administered to English learners in order to measure progress toward meeting Minnesota’s standards for English language development. This assessment measures students' social and academic language related to listening, speaking, reading and writing in kindergarten through grade 12.

            This test is administered in February-March to kindergarten through 12th grade students identified as English learners. 


Developmental reading assessment (DRA)

The Developmental reading assessment (DRA) is used to assess students' reading abilities. DRA requires a one-on-one testing procedure, where a teacher sits with one student at a time and administers the test in an interview format to obtain reliable results.

            This test is administered in the Fall, Winter and Spring.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a series of tests that measure students' general knowledge in reading and math through a state-aligned computerized test. MAP tests are adaptive tests that assess the instructional level and growth of each student. MAP testing helps teachers identify areas that may be more challenging for students and, if necessary, adjust instructional strategies to improve student's understanding.

            This test is administered to all 3rd grade students in the Fall, but Winter and Spring MAP testing is optional.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) – Math and Reading

This state test helps measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the the MTAS.

            These tests are administered in Trimester 3.