• 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. 

    Assessment

    Subjects

    Grades

    Window

    Purpose

    Smarter Balanced (SBAC)

    Mathematics, English language arts

    3-8, 11

    March 6 - May 3, 2019 

    State required summative assessment measuring ELA and math achievement.

    (Estimated test time = 2 to 4 hours per test)

    MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)

    Mathematics, English language arts

    3-8, 11 
    (students with most severe cognitive disabilities)

    March 18 - May 3, 2019

    State required alternate, summative assessment measuring ELA and math achievement for identified SPED students.

    (Estimated test time = 2.5 hours)

    South Dakota Science

    Science

    5, 8, 11

    April 1 – May 3, 2019

    State required summative assessment measuring science achievement.

    (Estimated test time = 2 hours)

    South Dakota Science Alt

    Science

    5, 8, 11
    (students with most severe cognitive disabilities)

    April 1 – May 3, 2019

    State required summative assessment measuring science achievement.

    (Estimated test time = 2 hours)

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

    Mathematics, Reading
    (every other year)

    4, 8, 12

    Jan. 28 – March 8, 2019

    NAEP is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subjects. Its two major goals are to measure student achievement and to report change in student performance over time.

    WIDA EL Assessments

    Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

    K-12

    Jan. 28 – Feb.28, 2019

    State required assessment to measure English language proficiency for students identified as English Language Learners.

    (Estimated test time = 3 hours)

    Home School Testing (SAT-10)

    Mathematics, Reading

    4, 8, 11

    March 25 – April 19, 2019

    State requires a summative assessment measuring word skills, reading vocabulary, reading comprehension, math problem solving, spelling, language and grammar usage, science and social science.

    (Estimated test time = 2 hours)