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’ live. 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.
Assessment is an integral part of instruction, as it determines whether or not the goals of education are being met. Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, and curriculum. Today's students need to know not only the basic reading and arithmetic skills, but also skills that will allow them to face a world that is continually changing. They must be able to think critically, to analyze, and to make inferences. Changes in the skills base and knowledge our students need require new learning goals; these new learning goals change the relationship between assessment and instruction. Our teachers take an active role in making decisions about the purpose of assessment and the content that is being assessed.
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.
- Mankato Area Public Schools Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing
- Parent/Guardian Refusal for Student Participation in ACT Assessment
For more information visit the Minnesota Department of Education Assessment Website: Statewide Assessment: Minnesota Department of Education