South Dakota Alternate Science Assessment

The South Dakota Alt Science 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.

Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will be tested over the South Dakota Science standards adopted in May, 2015. The standards tested will be grade spans from grades 3-5, 6-8, and high school.

More information will become available as soon as it is ready.

STEP-A Alternate training
A DSTEP-A Rater 1 Training powerpoint
2016 DSTEP-A Directions for Administering

STEP-A Rater 2 Training
DSTEP Rater 2 Training

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


Administration Materials
Data Collection Form
Performance Description
Supporting Evidence Rubric

Useful Links:

Blueprints/ Various Reports
South Dakota’s NCLB Approval


Ben Morrison, SD Department of Education, at