DSTEPA Science and NCSC

2014 Test Coordinator Handbook
Parents Guide

The Dakota STEP-A is available for students who have a significant cognitive disability and are working in the Extended Content and Alternate Academic Achievement Descriptors and whose IEP’s indicate alternate assessment for statewide testing.

This administration is prior to the Dakota STEP testing window in order to alleviate the workload for special education staff who administer both assessments. The test contains a rating form, and Supporting Evidence that is used to support the ratings given on the rating form. The rating forms are aligned to the Extended Content and are grade specific, focusing on reading and math at grades 3-8 & 11, with the addition of Science at grades 5, 8, & 11, and Technology at grade 8.

STEP-A Alternate training
Live Meeting Playback
Workshop
State Updates


STEP-A Rater 2 Training
PPT
PPT
Live Meeting Playback


Reports
2013 Technical Report
2012 DSTEP-Alt Technical Report
2011 DSTEP-Alt Technical Report
2010 DSTEP-Alt Technical Report


Forms
1% Exception Request
Exception Request Data
<Medical Form
Significant Cognitive Disability
Test Security Agreement/Affidavit
Testing Irregularity Form


Administration Materials
2013 Directions for Administration
Data Collection Form
District/School Codes
Performance Description
Supporting Evidence Rubric
Scorer Resolution Form


Useful Links:

Writing Alternate Scoring
Blueprints/ Various Reports
South Dakota’s NCLB Approval


CONTACT

Linda Turner, SD Department of Education, at linda.turner@state.sd.us