Our schools use a variety of tools to measure and determine students’ academic growth and proficiency of grade-level standards.  These tools range from informal assessments observed during classroom activities to formal, mandated assessments such as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA).  Educators can use these assessments to identify the needs of the students and adjust instructional strategies to meet the needs of their students and encourage individualized academic growth. 

To monitor the progress students are making academically, teachers in Mahtomedi School District are encouraged to help students answer three questions: Where am I going?  Where am I now? and How can I close the gap? through the Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning (Chappuis, J., Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2009).  These strategies include:

  • Providing students with a clear and understandable vision of the learning target;
  • Using examples and models of strong and weak work;
  • Offering regular descriptive feedback;
  • Teaching students to self-assess and set goals;
  • Designing lessons to focus on one learning target at a time;
  • Teaching students focused revision;
  • Engaging students in self-reflection, and letting them keep track of and share their learning.
Assessment Calendar
Our assessment calendar informs you of the testing windows or specific assessment dates for district-wide or school-wide testing.  There are three main assessment "seasons": Fall (September-October), Winter (December- February), and Spring (March-May).  District assessments such as the NWEA - Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are used to monitor student growth throughout an academic year and from year to year.  The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are required for all students in Minnesota and help districts to determine the degree to which our teaching and learning aligns with Minnesota State Standards.

Students with disabilities may qualify for accommodations for a variety of assessments including college entrance exams such as the ACT.  For details, talk to your school's testing coordinator or visit: www.act.org;

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Our Mission

The mission of the Mahtomedi School District, the unified community of courageous hearts and curious minds dedicated to inspiring personal excellence, is to ensure that each student is a bold agent of learning who successfully pursues their passions while advancing the greater good, through a vital system distinguished by:

  • environments that inspire curiosity
  • an inclusive learning community
  • an array of exceptional learning experiences
  • teaching and learning that imparts a global view
  • culture of empathy that empowers the whole person

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