Standardized Testing

Assessments are how we keep track of student learning and report to the State and Federal Governments on how schools are performing. Listed below are the primary assessments our school uses for these purposes. Go to the Minnesota Report Card to see results for our school, state results, or any other school in the state.


EasyCBM is used as a screener to check fluency in reading for students in K-8.  One minute reads are assessed in the fall, winter, and spring.

MCA – Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment – required by the state of Minnesota to hold schools accountable. The state is required by the federal government to assess students in math and reading in grades 3-8, plus reading in 10th grade and math in 11th grade. Assessments are held once per year in the spring.

Star Renaissance – We use this program to monitor the progress our students meet throughout the year, which gives us minute detail and helps to drill down to specific skills with which students may be having difficulty. We assess three times per year in order to accurately measure student progress, and we can also use this program throughout the year on an individual basis to supplement growth opportunities.  Meets Authorizer requirements.​

Testing Dates

Families of online students will receive specific information via email regarding testing dates and locations.

If you have any questions or conflicts for testing dates, please contact Cheryl Cole at to schedule a make-up session. 

Testing Refusal

If you choose to not have your student(s) participate in testing, please fill out the form below and send it to the school via email at or to our mailing address at PO Box 1020, Crosslake, MN 56422.

Testing Dates

MCA testing dates

MCS tests can take 1-2 hours for each assessment taken.
MCA results are shared at fall conferences or mailed to parents/guardians.

​Grades 3-8 Seat-Based Reading ​April 18 – 21, 2023
​Grades 3-8 Seat-Based Math ​April 25 – 28, 2023
​Middle School Seat-Based Science (5th and 8th) April 04 – 06, 2023
​MCA Makeups ​May 01 – 05, 2023
​3rd-8th Online Reading ​March 16, 2023
​3rd-8th Online Math ​March 30, 2023
​HS Online Reading – 10th Grade ​March 16, 2023
​HS Online Math – 11th Grade ​March 29, 2023
​Online Science (5th and 8th) April 5 – 6, 2023

STAR testing dates

STAR tests are 20 minutes long for each test
STAR test results are shared after each testing window by sending home a report.

​Kindergarten Star ​September 12, 2022
January 09, 2023
April 10, 2023
​Grades 1-2 Reading Star ​September 13, 2022
January 10, 2023
April 11, 2023
​Grades 3-8 Reading Star ​September 14, 2022
January 11, 2023
April 13, 2022
​Grades 1-8 Math Star ​September 15, 2022
January 12, 2023
April 12, 2023
​Makeup dates ​September 16, 2022
January 13, 2023
April 14, 2023
​Online program, K-12 Reading and Math Star ​September 6 – October 5, 2022
January 09 – February 07, 2023
April 10 – May 09, 2023

ACT testing dates

​High School ACT – 11th grade ​April 4, 2023

EasyCBM testing dates

EasyCBM results are not shared with families.

​Grades K-8 Seat-Based, Fall September 19 – 23, 2022
​Grades K-4 Online, Fall September 19 – 23, 2022
​Grades K-8 Seat-Based, Winter January 16 – 20, 2023
​Grades K-4 Online, Winter January 16 – 20, 2023
​Grades K-8 Seat Based, Spring May 08 – 12, 2023
​Grades K-4 Online Based, Spring May 08 – 12, 2023