Office of Assessment

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

RFP Blueprints
Algebra 1 Blueprint
Biology Blueprint
Grade 11 ELA Blueprint
Important Testing Documents
ACCESS: ADD New Student(s) Template ACCESS: Additional Material Order Template
ACCESS 2.0 Security Log Assessment Peer Review letter from USED, August 30, 2018
Accommodation Memo Medical Exemptions
Print on Demand Reading Passages (Gr 3-5)
Reading Passages (Gr 6-11) SD Science SciAlt Test Irregularities
SBAC Grade 11 Parent Letter SBAC Grade 3-8 Parent Letter
Smarter Balanced Test Security Log Special Accommodation Consideration
SD DOE Testing Dates for 2018-19 school year
NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress
    Jan. 28 – March 8, 2019
ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for EL students)
    ACCESS 2.0: Jan. 28 – March 1, 2019
    ACCESS Alt: Jan. 28 – March 1, 2019
Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment)
    Grades 3-8 and 11: March 6 - May 3, 2019
    (Paper/pencil window: March 18 – April 19, 2019. Tests shipped no later than April 25, 2019)
MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)
    March 18 - May 3, 2019
South Dakota Science and South Dakota Science Alt
    April 1 – May 3, 2019
Home School Testing (State-provided SAT 10 ab)
    March 25 – April 19, 2019
    Grade 11 or 12, schools work with CTE and Dept. of Labor to schedule
Parent Communication
2018 Reporting Memo
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.