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2018-19 Assessment Information

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Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS 2.0)

This large-scale assessment is based on the English-Language Proficiency Standards (ELP) and is used to evaluate progress of English Learners (EL).  

  • Students are assessed starting in Kindergarten and continuing until they meet the exit criteria of a cumulative 5.0
  • Students are assessed in English Language Proficiency in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • Assessment Window:  January 28-February 28, 2019
  • Student reports are available May 2019
  • Additional Information: https://doe.sd.gov/assessment/elp.aspx
South Dakota Science and Science Alternative

This assessment is designed to focus on Disciplinary Core Ideas and is based on the 2015 SD Science Standards.  The purpose of this assessment is to provide feedback to educators in order to help students be successful.

https://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/sdSciStnd.pdf

Smarter Balanced Summative and Interim Assessments

This assessment is designed by a consortium of states and is aligned to the state standards.  The purpose of the assessment is to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers can use to help students succeed.

  • Students are assessed in 3rd-8th and 11th grades
  • Content Assessed is from SD Math and English-Language Arts Standards
  • Assessment Window:  Summative Assessment March 6-May 3, 2019                                              Interim Assessment September 2018-April, 2019
  • Student reports are available within 3 weeks of testing completion
  • Additional Information: 
https://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Congressionally mandated assessment designed to provide a common measure of student achievement. Results are used by elected officials, policy makers and educators to improve education systems.


National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

The NCRC is an industry-recognized, portable credential certifying essential skills needed for workplace success. To earn certification, students must attain at least the lowest certification level on three ACT® WorkKeys assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. This vital initiative is part of the Department of Education’s goal to ensure that, “All students graduate college, career, and life ready.”

MSAA (Alternative ELA and Math Assessment)

The MSAA is designed to ensure all students are able to participate in an assessment which meets the requirements of ESSA and IDEA.  The purpose is to measure what students know and can do in relation to grade-level standards.

  • Students are assessed in 3rd-8th and 11th grades
  • Content Assessed is from SD Math and English-Language Arts Standards
  • Assessment Window: March 18- May 3, 2019
  • Student reports are available in July 2019
  • Additional Information:  https://doe.sd.gov//sped/mtss.aspx

Home School Testing

South Dakota students who receive alternative instruction are required to take a nationally standardized achievement test in Mathematics and Reading. The South Dakota Department of Education provides, free of charge, a norm-referenced test to children who receive alternative instruction. If parents/guardians use a different test than the one provided by the state, it must be a nationally standardized achievement test. These different tests will be at the expense of the parent/guardian and results need to be shared with the school district. 
Please contact the school if you have a student in 4th, 8th or 11th grade to get testing materials.

  • Students are assessed in 4th, 8th and 11th grades
  • Content Assessed is from SD Math and English-Language Arts Standards
  • Assessment Window: March 25-April 19. 2019
  • Student results sent to the home in the fall
  • Additional Information:  
https://doe.sd.gov/oatq/homeschooling.aspx