• The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education is that all high school students graduate college, career, and life ready. To this aim, the South Dakota assessment system is designed to provide districts, schools, and parents with the information they need to ensure that their students remain on track to reach this goal. South Dakota public school students participate in annual summative testing in English language arts and mathematics and the results of these tests are included in the state accountability system. In addition to annual tests in English language arts and mathematics, South Dakota requires assessment of science and writing annually and provides schools and teachers with resources to utilize other assessments to help identify strengths and areas for improvement.

     *NWEA assessments will be given to students throughout the year. Your child's teacher will communicate as to when these assessments will take place. 

    Required Assessment

    Tested Grade Level

    2021-22 Test Window (all dates are tentative)

    SD ELA and Math Assessments
    Subject: English language arts, Math

    3-8, 11

    March 2 — May 6, 2022

    SD ELA and Math Alternate Assessments
    Subject: English language arts, Math

    3-8, 11
    Students with most severe cognitive disabilities

    March 14 — April 29, 2022

    SD Science Assessment
    Subject: Science

    5, 8, 11

    March 2 — May 6, 2022

    SD Science Alternate Assessment
    Subject: Science

    5, 8, 11
    Students with most severe cognitive disabilities

    March 2 — May 6, 2022

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
    Subject: Reading, Math, (every other year)

    4 and 8

    January 24 — March 4, 2022

    SD English Language Proficiency Assessment (ACCESS 2.0)
    Subject: Reading, Writing,
    Speaking, and Listening

    K-12

    January 24 — February 25, 2022