Office of Assessment

Required Assessments
Optional Assessments
Assessment Workshop Presentations and Webinars
Smarter Balanced Educator Opportunities – 2016
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.

Date Workshop Location Time
Sept. 27, 2016 Interim Teacher Hand Scoring System Training (THSS), Interims/Test Administrator Interface (TDS) and Interim Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) Registration Link
Toll Free: 1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 890-658-717
2:00PM CT/3:00PM ET
Oct. 7, 2016 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments Library Commons, McKay Building 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
October 17, 2016 Fall Assessment and Accountability Workshop Ramkota, Rapid City 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
October 18, 2016 Fall Assessment and Accountability Workshop Ramkota, Pierre 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
October 19, 2016 Fall Assessment and Accountability Workshop Ramkota, Aberdeen 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
October 20, 2016 Fall Assessment and Accountability Workshop Ramkota, Sioux Falls 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
October 21, 2016 Fall Assessment and Accountability Workshop Mitchell Tech Institute, Mitchell 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


SD DOE Testing Dates for 2016-17 school year
NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress
    State year, grades 4 and 8 sampled for Reading and Mathematics
    January 30 – March 10, 2017
ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for ELL students)
    ACCESS 2.0: Jan. 30 – March 3, 2017
    ACCESS Alt: Jan. 30 - March 3, 2017
Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment)
    Grades 3-8 and 11 : March 8– May 5, 2017
    (Paper/pencil window: March 13– April 20, 2017 Tests shipped on April 24)
MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)
    March 27 – May 5, 2017
South Dakota Science and South Dakota Science Alt
    March 20 – April 28, 2017 (tentative)
Home School Testing
    March 27 – April 21, 2017
NCRC
    Grade 11 or 12, schools work with CTE and Dept. of Labor to schedule



Parent Communication
2016-17 ESEA Notice & Dissemination Requirements for Districts/Schools 2016 SBAC Guide
2016 Reporting Memo 2016 Sample Letter
SBAC Guide DSTEP Guide
DSTEP A Guide ACCESS 2.0 Information
2016 Reporting Requirements


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

Contact the Assessment Staff with any questions.