Office of Assessment

Required Assessments
Optional Assessments
Assessment Workshop Presentations and Webinars
Smarter Balanced Educator Opportunities – 2018
Science Educator Opportunities - 2018
Weekly Communication

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.

Review your child’s test

The Office of Assessment, housed within the Division of Assessment and Accountability, is responsible for implementing and supporting the SDDOE’s summative, interim, and formative assessment programs.

Important Testing Documents
ACCESS 2.0 Security Log ACCESS 2.0 Student file
Accommodation Memo Medical Exemptions
Print on Demand Reading Passages (Gr 3-5)
Reading Passages (Gr 6-11) SD Science SciAlt Test Irregularities
Smarter Balanced Test Security Log Special Accommodation Consideration
SD DOE Testing Dates for 2017-18 school year
NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress
    National year, no South Dakota schools in the sample
ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for EL students)
    ACCESS 2.0: Jan. 29 – March 2, 2018
    ACCESS Alt: Jan. 29 - March 2, 2018
Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment)
    Grades 3-8 and 11 : March 7 - May 4, 2018
    (Paper/pencil window: March 19 – April 20, 2018. Tests shipped no later than April 25, 2018)
MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)
    March 19 - May 4, 2018
South Dakota Science and South Dakota Science Alt
    April 2 – May 4, 2018
Home School Testing
    March 26 – April 20, 2018
    Grade 11 or 12, schools work with CTE and Dept. of Labor to schedule
Parent Communication
2017 Sample Letter 2017 Simple Student Report Guide
2017 Printing Reports 2017 Reporting Memo
2017 Detailed Student Report Guide ACCESS 2.0 Information
Useful Links
National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC Alternative Assessment) South Dakota Science
South Dakota Science Alt National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
ACCESS/W-APT Homeschool
Smarter Balanced Assessment portal Smarter Balanced Assessment information


Contact the Assessment Staff with any questions.