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SD Department of Education May 2015  

SD public universities to use Smarter Balanced scores as part of placement

South Dakota high school students who take the Smarter Balanced assessment could enter postsecondary institutions and use their scores for placement in credit-bearing courses. All six public universities in the state will use high school scores as evidence that students are ready for entry-level, credit-bearing courses and may be exempted from remedial courses. Using Smarter Balanced scores is an option for students. Public universities will accept the scores, but not require them.

Smarter Balanced scores will also be used to identify students who are ready for accelerated options such as dual credit.

"Our alignment of Smarter Balanced scores from the 11th grade assessment will assist the regental system in its continued collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Education to reduce the number of students who require remedial coursework when they arrive at one of our six public four-year institutions,” said Jack Warner, executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents. “Additionally, as we expand dual credit offerings in the state, the assessment will be a useful tool for placing students into credit-bearing coursework during their senior year."

In total, nearly 200 colleges and universities in six states will be using Smarter Balanced scores for placement purposes. Click here for more information.

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