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Technology literacy assessment begins April 19

Under No Child Left Behind, states are required to report the number of 8th grade students who are technology literate. The testing window for South Dakota’s 2010 8th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment is April 19-May 31.

Testing coordinators are encouraged to attend a refresher training course, which is available online. Four trainings are scheduled beginning March 8. Click here for dates and times.

The Technology Literacy Assessment is based on the state’s educational technology standards. It is divided into six categories: Creativity and Innovation; Communication and Collaboration; Research and Information Fluency; Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making; Digital Citizenship; and Technology Operations and Concepts.

Questions regarding the 8th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment should be directed to Peg Henson at the Department of Education, (605) 773-3134 or

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