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South Dakota Benchmark Assessment (SDBA)



Last year, the South Dakota Department of Education invited school districts across the state to participate in a new Benchmark Assessment Pilot Project for grades 3-8 and 11 in reading and mathematics. For the 2013-14 school year, The Benchmark Assessment will be optional to all South Dakota districts and teachers.

The purpose of this assessment is to gain practical experience, at the school, district, and state levels, related to three critical areas:
1) Delivering benchmark assessments
2) Delivering assessments online
3) Assessing mastery of the Common Core standards

There will be four different testing windows throughout the school year.
• Pre-test: September 9-20
• Interim 1: December 2-20
• Interim 2: March 3-21
• Post-test: April 28 - May 16

We believe that each test (reading and math) should take students about one hour to complete. There will be 32 reading items and 40 math items for each grade. The portal for this benchmark assessment will be housed in the South Dakota Assessment Portal (SDAP). At the end of the each test, your staff will be able to view their student’s results in SDAP (Data Interaction).

CONTACT

For more information concerning this pilot assessment, contact Jan Martin at the Department of Education, (605) 773-3246.
For information concerning SDAP, contact Matt Gill at Matthew.Gill@state.sd.us or (605) 773-8193.





























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