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The Assessment Department assists schools and the school district by collecting, interpreting and communicating findings. Our goal is to engage, educate, and inspire all stakeholders to utilize multiple measures of data to drive decisions impacting students’ lives. We assist staff to integrate data into the district improvement process and encourage data-based decision-making. We provide state-of-the-art research, evaluation and assessment expertise and information for diverse stakeholders to maximize educational decision-making and student outcomes.

Student Participation in Statewide Assessments

Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.31, subdivision 4a, requires the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to publish a form for parents/guardians to complete if they refuse to have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments. It includes 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; it was updated in May 2018. When completed, it must be returned to your student's district; your student’s district may require additional information. 

To opt out of statewide assessments, the proper form must be completed by the parent/guardian.

For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Education Assessment Website: Statewide Assessment: Minnesota Department of Education.

Assessment Calendars

State Assessments