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     What is OLPA Testing?  The Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) is available in mathematics for students in grades 3 - 8.  It provides a risk-free environment for students to familiarize themselves with online testing and provides teachers with information to target instruction before the mathematics test (MCA  - Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) test used for accountability in the spring.
     
    Every time a student answers a question, her or his response helps determine the next question that the student must answer.  This testing method provides a more precise measure of students' skills and knowledge.  Students are able to pause at any point in the test and resume the test later within the testing window.