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Benchmark Assessment

The Benchmark Assessment is for grades 3-8 and 11 in reading and mathematics. The tests are aligned to the state standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Benchmark Assessment will be optional to all South Dakota districts and teachers.

The purpose of this assessment is to gain practical experience, at the school, district, and state levels, related to three critical areas:

  1. Delivering benchmark assessments
  2. Delivering assessments online
  3. Assessing mastery of the state standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics
Math and ELA teachers can use the Benchmark Assessment for Student Learning Objectives (SLO).

We believe that each test (reading and math) should take students about 1-1.5 hours to complete. There will be 32 reading items and 40 math items for each grade. The portal for this Benchmark Assessment will be housed in the South Dakota Assessment Portal (SDAP). At the end of the each test, your staff will be able to view their student’s results in SDAP (Reporting).

For more information concerning the Benchmark Assessment or SDAP, contact Roxanne Weber at the Department of Education, (605) 773-3246.

For information concerning SDAP, contact Chris Booth at (605) 773-6156.