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Office Of Assessment

The goal of the SD Department of Education is that all high school students graduate college, career, and life ready. To this aim, the South Dakota assessment system is designed to provide districts, schools, and parents with the information they need to ensure that their students remain on track to reach this goal. South Dakota public school students participate in annual summative testing in English language arts and mathematics and the results of these tests are included in the state accountability system. In addition to annual tests in English language arts and mathematics, South Dakota requires assessment of science and writing annually and provides schools and teachers with resources to utilize other assessments to help identify strengths and areas for improvement.

South Dakota Assessment Gateway
  • SD ELA and Math, Science, and Science-Alt Assessments
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2022-23 Key Assessment Milestones Calendar





Name of Required Assessment Tested Grade Level 2021-22 Test Window (all dates are tentative)
SD ELA and Math Assessments
Subject: English language arts, Math
3-8, 11 March 2 — May 6, 2022
SD ELA and Math Alternate Assessments
Subject: English language arts, Math
3-8, 11
Students with most severe cognitive disabilities
March 14 — April 29, 2022
SD Science Assessment
Subject: Science
5, 8, 11 March 2 — May 6, 2022
SD Science Alternate Assessment
Subject: Science
5, 8, 11
Students with most severe cognitive disabilities
March 2 — May 6, 2022
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Subject: Reading, Math, (every other year)
4 and 8 January 24 — March 31, 2022
SD English Language Proficiency Assessment (ACCESS 2.0)
Subject: Reading, Writing,
Speaking, and Listening
K-12 January 24 — February 25, 2022


Contact the Assessment Staff with any questions.