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Eveleth-Gilbert Public Schools Assessment Information.
Welcome to Eveleth-Gilbert Public Schools Assessment Information where you will find information about each assessment given at Eveleth-Gilbert Schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
Click here to view the assessment schedule. 



More information: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/fam/tests/

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are state tests in reading, mathematics, and science that are used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. The tests are administered every year to measure student performance relative to the Minnesota Academic Standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do. The MCA is an online assessment. Students in grades 3-8 and 10 will take the Reading MCA assessment. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the Mathematics MCA. Students in grades 5, 8, and High School (Biology students) will take the Science MCA.

Results for the MCA/MTAS assessments are distributed at conferences each fall. If parents are unable to attend conferences results are mailed home.



More information: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/fam/tests/

The Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) like the MCA/MTAS are online assessments for students in grades 3-8 and 11 for mathematics, and students in grades 3-8 and 10 for reading. However, this is an optional assessment. Eveleth-Gilbert uses the OLPA to familiarize students and teachers with online testing and to prepare for the MCAs. All test administration and security procedures are followed as they would for any other state assessment.


More information: http://www.aimsweb.com/

AimsWeb is a reading fluency test given to students in grades K-4. It is given one on one with the teacher, and takes about 5 minutes. The test is given 3 times a year in the fall, winter, and spring. Kindergarten focuses more on letter sounds. Grades 1-4 have three passages they read for 1 minute. The data is used to identify  those students who struggle with reading fluently, and there are interventions built into the program to help improve their fluency.

STAR Reading/Math

More information: http://www.renaissance.com/

The STAR Reading/Math tests are given K-12 (Math is grades 1-9). They are not timed tests, but there is a time limit to answer each question. The STAR tests are given 3 times a year, school-wide, but can be taken as often as a teacher decides to give them. They are used to measure where a student is right now in math and reading, and what skills they are lacking, or what skills they should start to work on next. The STAR Reading test is what decides a student’s Accelerated Reader level. There is also a report teachers can run that will predict how the student will do on the MCAs, and what standards should be worked on next.


ACT Plus Writing

More information: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act-educator/about-the-act/act-plus-writing.html#writingtestscores

On April 19, 2017, all juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT Plus Writing. The ACT Plus Writing is an optional college readiness assessment that tests students’ abilities in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. The ACT is used as a college entrance exam for 4-year colleges and may be used in place of the Accuplacer Test (a test used to qualify for CEP courses, PSEO, and 2-year College courses). Students will be able to send their results to four colleges without charge. Unlike the ACT National Testing dates, the test at Eveleth-Gilbert on April 19 is free and will be paid for by the State of Minnesota.

Following this April 19th test date students may take the ACT as many times as they would like to, but it will be at their own cost and taken on a Saturday testing date. Available Saturday dates can be found on the ACT website.


More information: https://www.accuplacer.org/

The Accuplacer is a non-timed test of Reading, English and Mathematics that is used to determine if student skill levels match course prerequisites to ensure success in CEP classes (college level course on campus) at Eveleth-Gilbert, PSEO, or at a Minnesota 2-year college after graduation.

The Accuplacer is given in the first floor computer lab at Eveleth-Gilbert High School at the end of May each year for students who wish to enroll in CEP or PSEO classes the following school year. The test may also be taken at Mesabi Range College by contacting Cindy Altobelli at: or (218)749-7727.  Students are allowed to take the Accuplacer twice each calendar year.



More information: http://official-asvab.com/

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. The ASVAB is given to all juniors in the fall; if students do not want to participate they have that option. The ASVAB can help students take steps toward finding a career that is right for them. Students can benefit from the program whether they plan to enter the military, pursue further education after high school, or enter the workforce. The assessment is designed to help:
  • Students learn more about themselves and the world of work.

  • Explore occupations in line with interests and skills.

  • Develop an effective strategy to reach career goals.

The first step toward finding a career is to spend some time finding out more about your skills and interests. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program includes tests and activities that help students identify interests and provide information about verbal, math, science, and technical skills. The program can also help find how interests and skills relate to the demands of more than 400 occupations, so students can start making educational and career plans.



More information: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10


This is an optional test for juniors, which assesses the critical reading, mathematics and writing skills students need for college and beyond. The PSAT/NMSQT helps students become college ready. It provides feedback on skills, access to scholarships and personalized online tools. The cost for the PSAT/NMSQT is $15 due at the time of testing, checks may be written out to the EGHS Activity Fund. Interested juniors will take this exam on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Author: Denise Berry