State Required Standards
The MCA-II/GRAD is a set of tests in reading, mathematics, and writing that all students entering 8th grade in 2005-06 or later must pass in order to graduate from a public high school in Minnesota.  The GRAD component of the MCA-II replaces the Basic Standards Tests (BST) for these students.  The BST's are still around for students who were in 8th grade prior to 2005-06 and have yet to pass those tests.  Only the BST writing test will continue to be given under the name "GRAD Test of Written Composition" which will be given to the 9th graders (Class of 2010) in the Spring of 2007. These students will be the first group of students to take the MCA-II/GRAD tests.