Minnesota Graduation Testing

During the course of your son or daughter's high school career, he or she will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Specifically students will need to demonstrate proficiency on the reading and mathematics MCA exams, and the GRAD test of written composition.

If a student does not satisfy the graduation test requirement for an assessment during the first administration, there will be retest opportunities available. See below.

The chart below indicates which test your student will take, and whether or not a passing score is required for graduation through the graduating classes of 2016. 

Standardized Tests Grade First OfferedRequirements 
 Mathematics MCA 11th Pass
Science MCA  Year biology course is takenTake 
 Reading MCA/GRAD 10thPass 
 GRAD Test of Written Composition 9th Pass

In May 2013 the state legislature changed the state graduation test requirements.

12th grade students who are not proficient on their MCA/GRAD reading or MCA/GRAD math test may take the ACT test on national testing days during their senior year. There are no required scores to meet the graduation requirements. The cost of the ACT test to meet these requirements will be covered by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Registration for the ACT for graduation must be arranged with the school test coordinator, Sarah Chamberlain.
Information/registration sessions are available during TASC on the following days:

  • Thursday, October 10
  • Thursday, October 24
  • Thursday, December 5
  • Thursday, December 19

11th grade students who were not proficient on their MCA reading test in April 2013 or did not take the exam should schedule a Graduation Required Assessments for Diploma (GRAD) retest with Sarah Chamberlain on one of the following dates. These tests are available first or second block on the following days.

  • Wednesday, November 13
  • Wednesday, December 11
  • Wednesday, February 5
  • Wednesday, March 5
  • Wednesday, May 7

Please note that students in our alternative or special education programs will have their graduation assessments arranged by their departments.

GRAD Writing

All students who have not passed this GRAD writing test requirement will be scheduled to test on state test dates. The retest dates are:

  • Wednesday, November 6
  • Tuesday, April 22 (12 graders only)

Please contact Sarah Chamberlain by phone, email or see her in W131 in the Career Center, with questions relating to graduation testing. 

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