MCA Testing is coming upon us! The First Test is Tuesday March 7th for 3rd grade. Click here for Birch Grove's Testing Calendar.

If you would like more information on the MCA the Minnesota Department of Education has made available a fact sheet that can be viewed by clicking here.

There are also Item Samplers that can be looked at to try out the tools available for the MCA. Along with a Preperation Guide for Parents and Teachers Here.

Item samplers are provided to help teachers and students become familiar with the format and type of content included in the accountability assessments. Item samplers contain fewer items than an actual full-length test and are aligned to the Minnesota Academic Standards. They are NOT suitable for predicting how students will perform on the accountability assessments.

Item samplers, along with other resources for teachers and parents, can be found on the PearsonAccess Next website, including:

  • Reading, Mathematics, and Science MCA online item samplers
  • Reading, Mathematics, and Science MCA paper accommodation item samplers
  • MTAS item samplers

Paper accommodation item samplers include regular print item samplers (Reading and Mathematics MCA only), large-print item samplers, and mathematics and science item sampler scripts. Braille item samplers are available to order. While there are no item samplers available specifically for Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA), students can prepare for the OLPA administration using the Reading and Mathematics MCA online item samplers.

Go to PearsonAccess Next for more information on item samplers.

Online student tutorials are also available for all MCA online assessments. They provide students with information on how to use online tools, navigate through the online tests, and how to answer different items types. Online student tutorials are available on the Student Resources section of PearsonAccess.

Go to PearsonAccess Next for more information on online student tutorials.

School Info

Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts
4690 Brookdale Drive
Brooklyn Park MN  55443

School Hours
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Office Hours
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Phone & Fax

School Office
763-561-1374, ext. 1

General Fax 

School Leadership

Jeff Zastrow

Assistant Principal
Keisha Davis