Office of Assessment

Required Assessments
Optional Assessments
Assessment Workshop Presentations and Webinars
Smarter Balanced Educator Opportunities – 2017
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
Medical Exemptions Accommodation Memo
Smarter Balanced Test Security Log Print on Demand
ACCESS 2.0 Security Log Reading Passages (Gr 3-5)
SD Science SciAlt Test Irregularities Reading Passages (Gr 6-11)
ACCESS 2.0 Student file

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
    April 3, 2017 – May 5, 2017
Home School Testing
    March 27 – April 21, 2017
    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 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 the Assessment Staff with any questions.