Our Testing Program
Mounds View Public Schools uses a number of tests and assessments to measure student performance and progress including District measurement systems, national rankings and state-mandated testing.
Teachers and deans at schools throughout the District use assessments to monitor student progress to get a long-term perspective of gains and proficiency. Assessment results are tracked for every student and viewed by teachers who use the results to tailor their instructional approaches and to help create challenging, but attainable goals for the students. Families can view students' standardized assessment results through ParentVUE.
Student Test History available in ParentVUE
By logging into the ParentVUE portal, families can view historical test results standardized assessments administered at Mounds View Public Schools. These assessments include: Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA), NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP-GROWTH), ACT and Advanced Placement exams. Look for the ViewPoint Test History option in the left-side navigation bar, or use this Accessing Test History Guide. If families need access to ParentVue or need help accessing their account, please consult the ParentVue Help Page.
For more information, contact the Assessment and Evaluation department at 651-621-6042.
- MN Assessment
- Advanced Placement Testing
- World Language Assessments
- MN Student Survey
- Achievement & Integration Plan Summary
- Research Request Information
The Minnesota Department of Education has provided the following information to be shared with families:
The statewide assessments are how Minnesota measures that curriculum and daily instruction in schools are being aligned to the academic standards, ensuring all students are being provided an equitable education.
The Minnesota Department of Education has created these Parent Resources that answer questions about each statewide assessment:
Statewide Testing Calendar
In accordance with Minnesota Statute 120B.301 subd.(c), posted below is the Mounds View Public Schools Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Testing Schedule. Please consult your student's school or teacher communications for exact dates and times for testing.
- Mounds View Public Schools ACCESS for ELLs Administration Dates:
- Grades K-12: January 29 - March 8
- 2023-24 Mounds View ACCESS for ELL's Administration Dates by School, Grade & Domain
- Mounds View Public Schools MCA/MTAS Administration Dates:
- Grades 3-8, 10, & 11: March 18 - May 10
- 2023-24 Mounds View MCA Administration Dates by School, Subject & Grades
Student Participation in Statewide Assessments
Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.31, subdivision 4a. Student Participation requires MDE to publish a form for parents/guardians to complete if they refuse to have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments and for districts to include MDE’s form on their district website. The Parent/Guardian Guide to Statewide Testing document provides some basic information to help parents/guardians make informed decisions that benefit their child and their school and community. The form to meet this legislative requirement is available at the link below:
Parent/Guardian Participation Guide and Refusal Information - Please submit this form to the administrator at the school your student attends.
Mounds View Schools will also accept, from a parent or guardian, a written letter or email expressing their request to have their student not participate in Minnesota Assessments. It is helpful if the test name/subject and the reason for not participating is also included, as Mounds View Schools must submit this information to the Minnesota Department of Education.
For more information on the Statewide Testing, go to:
MN Report Card
The results on statewide testing, including the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments and the ACCESS for the ELs 2.0, as well as other demographic information and performance indicators are published annually in the MN Report Card.
2024 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams: May 6th - May 17th, 2024
Second Semester AP EXAM REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Thursday, February 15th, 2024
AP students enrolled in second semester only AP classes that start January 29th will register and pay for their AP second semester only exams during a second registration window beginning January 29th through the February 15th registration deadline. The cost for each exam is $75.00. Additional information will be provided and mailed home to families in January 2024.
AP students enrolled in full year and first semester AP courses, as well as independent (self study) students, may continue to register for their AP exams until the FINAL registration deadline for ALL students on February 15th, 2024. However, College Board will now charge an additional $40.00 non-refundable late fee for registrations after the September 29th registration deadline (with the exception of AP second semester only courses) and the exam registration fee is now $115.
The FINAL deadline for all AP students to register for an AP exam is Thursday, February 15th, 2024.
PLEASE NOTE - College Board will be charging a cancellation fee this year and, as a result, refunds will not be issued for students that cancel or decide not to take an exam after the registration deadline.
For students planning to take AP exams in May 2024, two important steps need to be completed to register for their AP exam(s):
- Step 1-Join and Enroll in AP Course Online: Students enrolled in an AP class will sign in to myap.collegeboard.org and perform the required digital activation and enrollment process in class with their teacher. A join code will be required from the teacher to complete the enrollment. (Students that are not enrolled in an AP class first semester should email firstname.lastname@example.org for a join code and registration information.) AND:
- Step 2-Register and Pay for AP Exam(s): Parent/guardians will register and pay for the AP exam(s) using the online SmartSchoolK12 payment system.
IMPORTANT – students and families enrolled in the Educational Benefits Program (Free and Reduced Lunch) will still need to register and pay for their exam(s) in the SmartSchoolK12 payment system (step 2 above) to complete their registration process. When registering and paying online in SmartSchoolK12, the amount due will show $0 when checking out.
SmartSchoolK12 - REGISTER HERE – registration will be open and activated September 5th 2023
STUDENTS MUST JOIN AND ENROLL IN THEIR AP COURSE AND REGISTER AND PAY FOR EXAMS ONLINE IN SMARTSCHOOLK12 FOR THE REGISTRATION PROCESS TO BE COMPLETE.
If registration is completed after the September 29th deadline an additional $40 College Board fee will apply (with the exception of AP second semester only courses).
Families with students enrolled in AP courses can expect to receive a mailing with registration information the beginning of September.
COLLEGE BOARD FEES
Exam Fee – The cost for each exam is $75.00 before the September 29th registration deadline. All AP exam registrations or changes after the September 29th deadline (except second semester only courses) will incur an additional $40 College Board late fee and will cost $115 per exam ($75+$40=$115).
Refunds – College Board will be charging a cancellation fee this year and, as a result, refunds will not be issued for students that cancel or decide not to take an exam after the September 29th registration deadline.
LATE Exam Administration Fees – Students may incur additional College Board fees for exams taken during the late exam administration May 22nd - 24th.
EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS PROGRAM (Free and Reduced Lunch) – Students and families who are enrolled in the Educational Benefits program (Free or Reduced Lunch) qualify for FREE AP exams. Families will still need to register and pay for their exam(s) in the SmartSchoolK12 payment system to complete their registration process. When registering and paying online in SmartSchoolK12, the amount due will show $0 when checking out.
AP EXAM ACCOMMODATIONS
Students with IEP or 504 plans should contact their Dean or Case Manager before December 21st to discuss the possibility of testing with accommodations for their AP exams.
TESTING SITE LOCATIONS
Irondale High School Students – Most IDHS students will take the AP exams at the Mounds View Community Center, 5394 Edgewood Drive, Mounds View 55112.
Mounds View High School Students – Most MVHS students will take the AP exams at North Heights Lutheran Church, 1700 Hwy 96 West, Arden Hills 55112.
AP Language Exam Testing Sites for ALL students (at both high schools): The testing site for all AP Language Exams (Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian and Spanish) may be different and will be determined and communicated to registered students closer to the testing dates in May 2024.
Students may provide their own transportation to and from the testing site locations. Bus transportation will also be available to and from the high school to the students' designated testing location. Transportation will not be provided May 24th as this is a non school day.
AP EXAM RESOURCES AND TESTING INFORMATION
Email all questions and inquiries to email@example.com
STUDENT 2024 AP EXAM SCORE RESULTS
Beginning July 5th 2024, AP exam scores will be released. Students can access and view their AP scores and order additional score reports for colleges, universities, and scholarship programs by logging into their online student College Board account at apscore.org.
Additional information about AP exam scores can also be found on the College Board website
Students will be able to:
- View, download, and print their scores.
- Send scores electronically to colleges, universities, and scholarship programs.
- The deadline for students to designate one free score report recipient in their MyAP account is June 20th.
- College Board will charge a fee for students to send score reports to additional colleges. The additional score reports will cost $15 for regular processing and $25 for rush processing.
- The additional score report fee can be paid by credit card. To pay by check or money order students can mail a written request to AP Services.
- Review and track their cumulative score report and the status of all orders, which includes scores from all AP Exams they’ve ever taken, unless they’ve canceled or withheld scores.
- The deadline for students to designate one free score report recipient in their MyAP account is June 20th.
- Students will need to use their College Board account in order to access their AP scores online at apscore.org. Students should sign in with the same account they used to register and enroll in their AP class sections.
- If a student has forgotten their username or password, they can select the “Forgot Username” or “Forgot Password” links and an email will be sent with their login information.
- Students should not create a new account if they already have one. Duplicate accounts can cause delays in getting AP scores.
- If a student changes their email address, it’s important to update it in their College Board account.
About Sending AP Scores
Students may indicate one college, university, or scholarship program to receive a FREE copy of their AP score report. June 20 is the deadline for students to indicate the recipient of their free score report through My AP.
To do this, students must:
- Sign in to MyAP.
- Go to MyAP Profile
- Click the Score Send tab.
- Enter the college, university, or scholarship program, select it, and click Save.
The score report includes all scores from all the AP Exams students took in the past. The entire score history will be sent to the designated college, university, or scholarship program unless a student chooses to withhold or cancel any of their scores.
Students can request a score report be sent to additional recipients for a fee. For more information, visit the College Board Send AP Scores Online webpage or contact College Board at 888-225-5427.
If you have questions, you may also contact the district Assessment office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is co-sponsored by the College Board and National Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that most high schools in the United States administer to 11th grade students. Considered to be a “preliminary SAT,” the PSAT test gives students a sense of the format, question types, content, and time limits that they will encounter on the SAT, should they take it. Additionally, the PSAT test serves as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. This means that some of the highest scoring students may win scholarship money. Ultimately, the PSAT test is good practice for the SAT and ACT, college admission tests that students often have to take to be admitted to 4-year colleges.
2023 EXAM INFORMATION
Release schedule for student PSAT/NMSQT score reports:
Starting on Monday, November 6, students who tested on October 11, 2023 will be able to access their PSAT/NMSQT score report
Starting on Monday, November 16 students who tested on October 19 or October 25, 2023 will be able to access their PSAT/NMSQT score report
How Students can access their scores
Students may access their PSAT/NMSQT score report in 3 ways:
- Students who entered their mobile phone number at the time of testing may download and use the BigFuture® School app to access their score
- If they have one, students can utilize their personal College Board account to view their scores online at studentscores.collegeboard.org
- Schools will be distributing the score report to students during the week they are released. Consult with your dean.
Supporting Students/Families in Interpreting the Results
Check out the following PSAT/NMSQT Score Resources:
- PSAT/NMSQT: Understanding Scores for Students and Families (.pdf/3.48 MB): Share with students and their families to help them interpret their PSAT/NMSQT score report and find information about next steps.
- Understanding Your Digital PSAT/NMSQT Score Report video: You can direct students to this video, which will help them interpret their score report.
College Board PSAT/NMSQT Website - visit the website for additional resources and information
If you have any questions or need assistance, email the Mounds View Schools Assessment department at email@example.com.
2023 PSAT/NMSQT EXAM SCORES
For more information, visit the College Board PSAT/NMSQT Scores website.
Students participate in courses taught by high school staff and can receive credit by scoring 50 or better on the CLEP exam.
Complete the CLEP Registration Form and indicate on the form the exam(s) you would like to take. Checks should be made payable to MOUNDS VIEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Return the CLEP registration form and payment to:
- Mounds View HS students - Connie O'Connell in the Administrative office
- Irondale HS students - Amber Poturica in the Student Services office
Exams will be taken at the high school the student attends during one of four testing windows: Mid-November, Mid-January, Mid-May or Mid-July. The exact date and time will be determined by the high school and communicated to students upon registration.
- IDHS 2023-24 Testing Dates: TBD
- MVHS 2023-24 Testing Dates: TBD
Additional CLEP Resources:
CLEP Exam Study Guides - access links to download and print exam study guides.
College Board CLEP Test Preparation Website - for test preparation materials and tutorials.
College Board CLEP Website - for additional information about CLEP testing.
For additional information about CLEP testing at your school, please contact:
- IDHS: Amber Poturica, Student Services - 651-621-6827 or Amber.Poturica@moundsviewschools.org
- MVHS: Connie O'Connell, Administration Office - 651-621-7139 or Connie.Oconnell@moundsviewschools.org
- District Center: Malika Sadi-Goodman, District Assessment Coordinator - 651-621-6060 or Malika.Sadi-Goodman@moundsviewschools.org
The Mounds View Public School District offers 3 assessments geared toward awarding College Credits for our Bilingual or Multilingual High School students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
MN Bilingual Seals Program
Spanish, Chinese, Japanese
Spanish, and Spanish with Writing
25 Languages Amharic, Arabic,, Somali, Oromo, Mandarin Chinese (Mandarin), Vietnamese, Hmong, Czech, and many more
Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
(Qualifies for the MN Bilingual Seals)
Listening and Reading and/or Writing (does not qualify for the MN Bilingual Seals Program)
Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking (Qualifies for the MN Bilingual Seals)
Irondale and Mounds View High Schools
May 6 - May 17, 2024
Irondale High School - November 6, 2023; January 18, 2024; and May 23, 2024
Mounds View Senior High School - November 10, 2023; January 19, 2024; and May 28, 2024
February 12-23, 2024
Sept. 29, 2023
Ongoing registration throughout the school year. Please contact Tami Ryther for Irondale and Alex Pijoan for Mounds View.
Jan. 30, 2024
AP College Credit Policy
See College Credit info below
***Students should opt for 1 of the assessments stated above that best matches their Post-Secondary plans.
THE MINNESOTA BILINGUAL SEALS PROGRAM
The MN Department of Education created the Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and the World Language Proficiency Certificate in an effort to support students' achievement in a language other than English regardless of how the language was learned. Mounds View Public Schools District is excited to provide this opportunity and elevate all families with linguistic assets and encourage monolingual English speakers to learn another language.
The Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificate are awards given to high school students (upon graduation) who meet 2 requirements:
- Proficiency levels in languages other than English including American Sign Language (ASL) and American Indian languages. Students must show proficiency in four language modalities - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking through a MN Department of Education approved assessment.
- Meet all High School Language Arts credit requirements
EARN UP TO 4 FREE COLLEGE CREDITS with a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU)
Amharic, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Czech, Dakota, German, French, Hindi, Hebrew, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Latin, Ojibwe, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Vietnamese, ASL
- Students in Grades 10, 11 or 12 are eligible.
Note: The World Language Proficiency Certificate can be awarded at any grade. However, the student can only earn college credit when they take an approved assessment (starting in 10th grade) and meet English Language Arts upon graduation.
REGISTER AND TAKE A TEST AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
- Fill out the Registration Form or contact Malika Sadi-Goodman firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2023-24 Registration deadline - JAN. 30, 2024
2023-24 TESTING WINDOW
- Testing window FEB. 12 - FEB. 23
- Registered students will be contacted with exact date and time
- Exams will be administered at each High School: Mounds View and Irondale
Practice Tests are Available
Practice Tests are available at the MN Bilingual Seals website from the MN Department of Education.
AVAILABLE BILINGUAL SEALS AND WORLD LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE
Results from the MDE approved assessment in all 4 language modalities (listening, reading, speaking and writing) will indicate which Bilingual Seals or World Language Certificate the student will receive:
- Bilingual Platinum Seal - ACTFL Advanced Low
- Bilingual Gold Seal - ACTFL Intermediate High
- World Language Certificate - ACTFL Intermediate Low
Depending on the proficiency level received through an approved assessment and meeting all English Language Arts requirements, the student may receive the following FREE College Semester Credits with a Minnesota State College and universities
Notes: *Seals received are notated on the student’s high school Transcript upon graduation
**Students must request the college semester credits within three academic years of graduation and upon enrollment in a Minnesota State college or university.
***The actual amount of credit may vary depending on the institution.
HOW TO ACCESS THE COLLEGE CREDITS when awarded with a Certificate or Seal:
- Students must be enrolled in a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities* institution. * Note the University of Minnesota is an independent system that is not part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
- Students must make a request for college credit. Students should work with the admission office or advisor. In some cases, scholarship may be impacted by receiving extra credit. Therefore, students should consult with appropriate personnel or offices at the institution.
- Students have taken a test when in grades 10, 11, or 12.
- Students may be required to submit an official high school transcript.
- There is a three-year window to make a request after a high school graduation.
DISTRICT ASSESSMENT COORDINATOR CONTACT
The Minnesota Student Survey has been conducted in schools across our state every three years since 1989. This useful information about students’ thoughts and behaviors helps communities and schools develop effective programs and provide better services for students.
Our school district will invite students in the 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th grades to participate again in 2025.
Questions on the survey are about many topics relating to young people’s lives. The survey asks about
- how well school is going
- future plans
- out-of-school activities
- physical and mental health
- substance use
- sexual behavior (high school students only)
The survey is administered online. Students may read the questions or have the questions read to them through the technology they use to access the survey.
The survey will take approximately 35-50 minutes or one class period to complete including time for providing instructions to students. Several questions will only be shown if a previous question is answered in a certain way. This means most students will not be asked all questions.
Families are welcome to review a copy of the survey from 2022. Email email@example.com with your request. Indicate what level(s) of the survey you like to view:
- 2022 Minnesota Student Survey Level 1 (Grade 5)
- 2022 Minnesota Student Survey Level 2 (Grade 8)
- 2022 Minnesota Student Survey Level 3, Core Questions (Grades 9 & 11 and ALL ALC Students)
The survey is anonymous and confidential. The privacy of students is protected, as students do not provide their names, student identification numbers or other personal information. No individuals or their families can be identified. The results are reported on our students as a whole.
During the survey administration, students may decline to answer any part of the survey or the whole survey. They will be reminded of this before they begin the survey.
Should a family choose not to have their student take the survey, please complete the bottom of the Passive Consent Notice to Parents (below) and return it directly to the student’s school.
- Passive Consent Notice to Parents (English) - Coming in 2025
- Tsab Ntawv Qhia txog Kev Tso Lus rau Niam Txiv (Hmong) - Coming in 2025
- Ogeysiiska Ogolaanshaha Dadban ee Waalidiinta (Passive Consent*) (Somali) - Coming in 2025
- Notificación de consentimiento pasivo a los padres (Spanish) - Coming in 2025
For additional support in accessing the Minnesota Student Survey or if you have any questions about the survey, please contact:
Mounds View Schools Assistant Director of Assessment /Evaluation
State, county and district results for 2013, 2016 and 2019 are also available:
online interactive reports
District approval to conduct research at Mounds View Public Schools is managed and granted through the office of Assessment and Evaluation.
We support giving reasonable access to individuals, institutions and organizations to conduct approved research projects in Mounds View Public Schools, while protecting and contributing to the district’s primary responsibility of providing a premier education for all. We prioritize the privacy of all student data and the interests of students, staff and families when evaluating any proposal.
Who may conduct research?
We encourage Mounds View employees seeking higher degrees to improve their practice to conduct research in the District toward the completion of thesis, dissertations and capstones. Students, professors and researchers from institutions of higher education seeking to conduct research on the effects of solid pedagogical methods may also apply for research approval. Outside organizations and institutions performing research on educational methods and policy can also apply, though it must be noted that Mounds View Schools does not engage in market research for commercial interests.
What is the role of the Office of Assessment and Evaluation in this process?
All research involving Mounds View students, staff or schools must be approved by the office of Assessment and Evaluation. We work to ensure that research projects provide benefit to Mounds View Public Schools, that research methods employed are sound and feasible, and that data collected by the researcher or provided by the district are handled appropriately to protect student privacy per Mounds View Public Schools policy and government regulations. The approval of relevant school principals and/or district administrators is also required before any research can begin.
How are applications evaluated?
Once we have documentation related to the research request, proposals are brought to the Mounds View Instructional Cabinet monthly meeting. The Instructional Cabinet consults with Assessment and Evaluation staff, District content experts and other administrators, as needed, to evaluate all research proposals and verify the viability of participation in the research study.
How do I apply?
Submit the following documentation to Mary Stobb, Assistant Director of Assessment and Evaluation:
- A copy of the Institutional Review Board Paperwork
- Description of how participants (ie. schools, student, &/or staff) will be selected and what their participation involves
- A copy of the consent form to be used (ie. staff, student, and/or family)
- Access to supporting documents: Survey Questions, Interview Questions, Observation Protocols, etc
- General timeline for the activities related to the study
- End of project activities (i.e. How will you share your research results with the Mounds View Public Schools)
Contact Mary Stobb, in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation, through mail, email, phone, or personal appointment:
Mounds View ISD 621
4570 Victoria Street North
Shoreview, MN 55126
Cell Phone: 651-769-5267