Dakota STEP going online in spring 2014
Yes, you read that correctly! A year from now, in the spring of 2014, all South Dakota students who take the Dakota STEP assessment will be doing so online.
According to Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp, the decision to take the Dakota STEP online was not made lightly. “We believe it is critical to make this move prior to the 2014-15 school year, when we will have a brand new assessment aligned to the new Common Core standards, which will also be delivered online,” Schopp said. “This move will give students and teachers valuable experience with online assessment, and it will allow local school districts and the state the opportunity to test our technology infrastructures.”
Gearing up for this change, site visits and webinars will be taking place to help school districts get ready for this change. District personnel can begin now by making sure they have enough machines to accommodate all students in the tested grades, and that those machines are capable and compatible to handle the testing format.
The best way for both teachers and students to get acclimated to online testing is to practice. To help with this process, the Department of Education continues to expand and improve upon the South Dakota Assessment Portal, or SDAP. The department has been working diligently to align items currently in the portal to Common Core, and to expand the number of items available.
Click here to learn more about or access the portal.
For more information, contact Gay Pickner at (605) 773-3247.