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Hello Swanville students and families!


My name is Maria Ervasti and I am the new Career Consultant who will be working with you and your students in developing career interest, excitement, and readiness. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share some quick information you might be interested in below.



  • I attended MSUM (Moorhead) for K-12 Art Education and Spanish.  I am currently enrolled in the 18 online program for Art Education.  I am interested in Community Development and may pursue additional schooling in that area later down the road.

  • I own a small business called Creative Cart Studio. I specialize in pop up art events for various organizations and worked on the road with my son and my niece over the summer.  We had an event this summer at the Swanville Great River Regional Library branch.

  • I love to ride bike, ski, and spend time with my family. 

Quick information



Thank you and I hope you have a great start to your school year!

Maria Ervasti


MCA Testing Standards-Based Accountability Assessments The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and alternate assessment Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements. Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take the alternate assessment MTAS instead. The list below shows tests by subject and the grades they are given. Reading: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10) Mathematics: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11) Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8, and once in high school) ​ For more information on Minnesota Assessments please visit the Minnesota Department of Education Website listed below. ​ Parent Testing Information Website: ​ Student Participation in Statewide Assessments Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.31, subdivision 4a, student participation requires the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to publish a form for parents/guardians to complete if they refuse to have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments. The Parent/Guardian Guide to Statewide Testing document provides some basic information to help parents/guardians make informed decisions that benefit their child and their school and community. The form to meet this legislative requirement is available at the link below; it must be returned to your student's district. Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing Form

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