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New Assessment Portal to replace
Achievement Series
Save items by Sept. 1

Beginning Sept. 1, South Dakota will have a new assessment tool, the South Dakota Assessment Portal, or SDAP, on eMetric. This new system will replace the Achievement Series, and while it is a similar product, it will allow educators to do more within the system.

Administrators: Please alert your staff that if they have created tests or test items within Achievement Series, they will need to save this information before Sept. 1. (Click here to access instructions for saving.)

“Our goal is to move toward one single site for assessment, and this is a big step in that direction,” said Dr. Wade Pogany, director of Assessment and Technology Systems for the South Dakota Department of Education.

Within the SDAP, teachers will be able to administer a number of assessments, including teacher- and district-created exams and end-of-course exams, and will be able to access these results as well. They will continue to be able to access individual student results on the Dakota STEP; however, the test will not be taken within the system. This means much of their pertinent testing data will be available in one centralized location.

Educators need to be aware, however, that as of Sept. 1, any items stored within Achievement Series will no longer be available. Furthermore, from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1, end-of-course and course equivalency testing will not be available online.

Administrators should alert their staff that if they have created test items within Achievement Series, they will need to save this information before Sept. 1. If teachers save the information they have stored in Achievement Series, they will be able to manually enter it into the SDAP/eMetric system later.

The Department of Education is working with the Education Service Agencies to create a series of fall trainings to help educators learn the new SDAP system. Training dates will be available on the department’s website in the coming weeks.

The department will continue to offer the DACS Performance Series and that can be accessed at www.performanceseries.com. All the information pertaining to this assessment will continue to be available.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Viki Crichton at the Department of Education, (605) 773-8193.