South Dakota Science

The South Dakota Science tests measures students’ mastery of the South Dakota State Academic Standards in Science adopted in May, 2015 at grades 5, 8, and 11. This test will cover the grade spans of 3-5, 6-8, and high school. Questions will come equally as possible from life, physical, and earth sciences at all 3 tested levels. This assessment will be completely online.

2019 SDSA Documents
SDSA Test Coordinators Handbook
SDSA Directions for Administration
SDSA-Alt Directions for Administration
SDSA Secure Browser Installation Guide

Accommodation Training
SD Accommodations Manual Assistive Tech Considerations Accommodation Summary

Achievement Level Descriptors
Grade 5
Grade 8
Grade 11

Performance Level Descriptors
Grade 5
Grade 8
Grade 11

Student Results
How to Print Individual Student Reports in 2018 SDSA
Finding and Printing Individual Student 2018 SBAC and SDSA Scores in SDAP
Parent Report Letter
South Dakota Science Assessment Alternate Cut Scores
South Dakota Science Assessment Cut Scores
Spring 2018 SDSA-Alt Report Access QRG


For more information, please contact Chris Booth at the Department of Education, (605) 773-6156.