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Digital Library

The Digital Library is a collection of professional learning resources and instructional resources using South Dakota standards to help educators tailor their instruction to students' needs using the Formative Assessment Processes. Educators will be able to use these resources throughout the school year to:
     • Advance their use of formative tools
     • Better understand where students are in their learning
     • Identify any misconceptions
     • Make quick adjustments to instruction

Digital Library Update:

Check out the new Digital Library Homepage!
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New Features Released!

  • Navigation Enhanced
  • Personalized Help Enhanced
  • Easier Account Setup
  • Identification Badges
Check out Digital Library Enhancements timeline!

Digital Library Self-Registration Function:

This function allows educators to register themselves for the Digital Library. It will also allow users to reset their own password. Get access now by registering on the Digital Library log on page!

  • Select Register on the log on screen
    screen shot of registration screen. Arrow pointing to Register.
  • Input First Name, Last Name, and District issued Email Address (This is important as access is email domain dependent)
  • Next, a “DO NOT REPLY” email from Smarter Balanced will be sent to the new user with their initial log on information
  • DL Username is the district issued email address and password will initially be an issued generic sequence of characters
  • Upon first log on, user will be directed to create their own unique password
  • If issues arise with receiving or not receiving the “DO NOT REPLY” email from Smarter Balanced, please contact Joe Moran, at

Formative Assessment process

Clarify Intended Learning, Elicit Evidence, Interpret Evidence, Act on Evidence.

Smarter Balanced defines formative assessment as a deliberate process utilized by teachers and students during instruction to provide actionable feedback, which is then used to adjust ongoing teaching and learning strategies to improve students’ attainment of curricular learning targets/goals.

What is the difference between resources?

An Instructional Resource is a file in the Digital Library that helps educators focus their instruction on the South Dakota standards using formative assessment practices that help educators develop practices that support more in-depth learning.

A Professional Learning Resource is a file that helps educators deepen their understanding of the South Dakota standards, the formative assessment process, and a balanced assessment system.

Some resources in the Digital Library serve both purposes and are labeled Combination of Instructional and Professional Learning Resource.

Why use the Digital Library?

  • Resources are vetted against a set of quality criteria.
  • Resources are contributed by educators for educators.
  • Resources include the formative assessment process and are aligned to South Dakota Standards.
  • The Digital Library includes innovative collaboration features that promote collegial conversations across the country.
  • The Digital Library contains over 100 interactive multi-media assessment literacy and ELA and mathematics instructional modules.

Technology Coordinator Tips

To facilitate a smooth registration process for your district’s educators please Whitelist the following inbound email addresses:


Connecting Interim Assessments and the Digital Library
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For more information about the Digital Library, contact Joe Moran at (605) 773–3247.