Bamber Valley

Elementary School

MCA Prep

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment Preparatory Materials

PDF Files:  Did you know that the MCA-II will have a new type of question this year? The short constructed response will be field tested on the 2009 MCA.  Although the question is a field test and will not count towards the student score, it is important for the students to have seen this sort of question before.  Above is a link to MCA tutorial page.  You will see information on the short constructed response, including samples that you can print off and use at home. 

Portions of the item samplers will be used in school.  Use these documents to help your student learn from their mistakes - what makes an answer correct?

Websites:  Also, attached is the Pearson website of released MCA items by strand.  These are actual test items from previous years that have been used on the MCA.  There are questions available for both reading and math.  You need to select the grade and the subject to see the test items.  There are also answer keys for the questions.  For grade 4, there are 2 constructed response questions with rubrics as well.  One question is under Number Sense, Computation, and Operations Part B, while the other is under Patterns, Functions and Algebra part A.

Interactive and printable practice by specific skill Click the subject area (reading, math or science) and then select the grade level from the drop down menu (defaults to third grade) GREAT RESOURCE!!

As part of their activity fee, your child has access to a great resource for preparing for the state MCA-II standardized tests.  We have purchased a license for a web-based program called Study Island, which helps with specific concepts covered on that test.  If you have internet access, your child access Study Island from home as well as school to prepare them for the state assessments. 

To access this program
  1. Have your child go to
  2. Their sign-on is their first initial and their entire last name followed by @BV - for instance, Sue Smith would be,SSmith@BV and is case sensitive.  Their password is their 7-digit student ID number for school.  (They have done this at school already and have taken pretests in both math and reading.)
  3. Once they are logged on, students may PRACTICE any of the topics in math or reading, but PLEASE, do NOT have them do the “Assignments” as we will be working on those at school. 
  4. Each topic has a “lesson” that includes some brief information about the material covered by the questions under the topic.  It is helpful to review the lesson before answering questions on the topic.
  5. To “pass” a topic your child must have a minimum percentage to earn a “blue ribbon” on the topic.  The goal is for your child to get experience and be successful in all the topics that may be covered on the state assessments in the spring.
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