Testing and Assessment

The primary purpose of testing in School District 197 is to provide information to help improve instruction. The data received from testing helps the district analyze student progress and district curriculum. It also helps identify which programs will be most helpful for each student, and holds the district accountable for offering the best possible education.

Testing and Assessment is overseen by School District 197’s Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department. 

Cari Jo Drewitz, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
651-403-7003 | carijo.drewitz@isd197.org

Cristie Sward, Curriculum and Assessment Specialist
651-403-7015 | cristie.sward@isd197.org

See more details about the tests given to students on the District Assessments page and State Assessments page.

2017-18 Testing Schedule with Length of Administration & Purpose


Each school will set their own specific testing dates. Those dates will be added to the school's calendar once they are determined.

DISTRICT ASSESSMENTS
GRADE TEST NAME SUBJECT TESTED TESTING WINDOW DATES
Kindergarten Early Literacy Assessment Reading Fall: Aug. 14 - Sept. 29
Winter: Dec. 4 - Jan. 24   
Spring: May 1 - June 1
Math Assessment Math  Fall: Sept. 5 - 29
Winter: Dec. 4 - Jan. 24
Spring: May 1 - June 1
BAS Reading Winter: Dec. 4 - Jan. 24
Spring: May 1 - June 1
Grade 1  MAP for Primary Reading  Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17
Winter: Jan. 16 - Feb. 2*
Spring: May 7 - June 1
 
 MAP for Primary Math Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17
Spring: May 7 - June 1
BAS Reading Fall: Aug. 15 - Sept. 29
Winter: Dec. 4 - Jan. 24*
Spring: May 1 - June 1*
Grade 2 MAP Reading Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17
Winter: Jan. 16 - Feb. 2*
Spring: May 7 - June 1
MAP Math Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17
Spring: May 7 - June 1
BAS Reading Fall: Aug. 14 - Sept. 29 
Winter: Dec. 4 - Jan. 24*
Spring: May 1 - June 1*
CogAT Cognitive Abilities Dec. 4 - 18
Grades 3-4
 
BAS Reading Fall: Sept. 5 - 29*
Winter: Dec. 4 - Jan. 24*
Spring: May 1 - June 1*
 MAP  Reading Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17
Winter: Jan. 16 - Feb. 2*
Spring: May 7 - June 1*
 MAP  Math Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17
Grades 5-8 MAP Reading Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17
MAP Math Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17
Spring: May 7 - June 1*
Grades 9-12 MAP Reading Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17*
MAP Math Fall: Sept. 11 - Oct. 17*
Spring: May 7 - 25*
*Testing only applies to "At Risk" students, who are identified by specific cut scores on MAP and/or BAS for each grade, season and subject.

STATE ACCOUNTABILITY ASSESSMENTS 
GRADE TEST NAME SUBJECT TESTED TESTING WINDOW DATES
Kindergarten
through 
Grade 12

WIDA / ACCESS                     Listening, Speaking,
Reading, Writing                  
Jan. 29 - March 2**
Grades 3-8, 10

MCA Reading Elementary: April 9 - 13
Middle School: April 9 - 13
High School: April 16 - 20
Grades 3-8, 10, 11 MTAS Reading
Math 
Science
March 5 - April 27
Grades 3-8, 11 MCA Math Elementary: April 23 - 27
Middle School: April 23 - 27
High School: April 16 - 23
Grade 5, 8, 10
MCA Science Middle School: May 1 - 11
High School: May 7 - 11
Grade 7-9
ACT Aspire
Oct. 9 - Dec. 1
Grade 10 Pre ACT
Oct. 9 - Dec. 1
Grade 11 ACT with Writing   April 24
**Only English Language Learners are tested.
*Testing only applies to "At Risk" students, who are identified by specific cut scores on MAP and/or BAS for each grade, season and subject.