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District Assessment Information 2017-2018

The purpose of district and local assessments include reporting student growth and achievement, evaluating curriculum programming and instructional practice, identifying student needs and tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. 

MIMS utilizes a combination of formative and summative assessments that are in alignment with the MN Department of Education and Federal ESEA/NCLB requirements. 

Below is a description of the state and local assessments the district utilizes:

Formative Teacher Made Assessments- used in the classrooms as a common formative assessment. Results answer these questions: How well is the student learning the material being currently taught? To what degree are the current strategies benefiting each student/ Does something have to be done differently in order to accelerate the student’s progress?  What specific feedback will benefit the student? 

Summative Teacher made assessments- Results answer these questions:  How much did the student learn? Has the student attained the standard?  How effective was the instruction in this course/unit/grade level for each student?  Should adjustments be made for next term? 

Literacy Assessments- Determines a students independent and instructional reading level

NWEA- Locally determined adaptive assessment used for measuring proficiency (RIT Score aligned to content ready to learn) and growth (unique student projected targets by term)

MCA Reading, Math, and Science- Assessment developed and administered by the state.  Required for federal and state accountability. Measure proficiency of academic standards.

WIDA-ACCESS- Assessment required for English Learners for federal Title III accountability.  Used as exit criterion for state funding.

NAEP- National Assessment of Educational Progress.  Required for federal accountability.


Test Refusal Document (English)

Test Refusal Document (Somali)

Assessment Schedule:

MIMS Testing Dates

Fall Map Test 2017

(Grades 5-8 test on same days)

Math & reading

Sept 11-14

Winter Map Test 2018 

(Grades 5-8 test on same days)


Jan 16 & 17 (make-ups 18)


Jan 22 & 23 (make-ups 24)

Access/Adapted Access Testing

Listening, reading, speaking, writing

Begin January 29

MCA/MTAS 2018 Testing

(grades 5-8 all test on same days and at same time)


March 20 & 21 


April 9-12 


April 16-19


March 5- May 4

Spring Map Test 2018

(Grades 5-8 test on same days)

Math & reading

May 7-10


  • MAP scores given to students at the end of the assessment. They have set student goals on google drive.
  • Preliminary MCA scores will be sent home with students a week after testing has closed.
  • Official MCA, MTAS, Adapted ACCESS & ACCESS scores will be mailed home in August.

Test Security Tip Line

Maintaining the integrity of tests and test items is of great importance to the Minnesota Department of Education. Improper or unethical behavior by students or educators undermines the validity of test score interpretation. Please report suspected incidents of cheating or piracy of test items using the Minnesota Statewide Test Security Tip Line.

Minnesota International Middle School277 12th Ave North

Minneapolis, MN  55401612-465-8465

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