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Aug. 2019  

  Announcing vendor and changes to statewide assessment names

The South Dakota Department of Education is updating the names of statewide assessments in English language arts, math, and science as noted below. The goal is to create clarity and consistency, so that assessment names are not tied to vendor or consortium names (i.e. AIR, MSAA, Smarter Balanced Consortium), which can change over time.

  • South Dakota English Language Arts Assessment
    • South Dakota English Language Arts Alternate Assessment
  • South Dakota Math Assessment
    • South Dakota Math Alternate Assessment
  • South Dakota Science Assessment
    • South Dakota Science Alternate Assessment

We are asking that districts implement this name change as well. We are also communicating directly with assessment directors about this name change.

South Dakota will continue to use ELA and math assessment items from the Smarter Balanced Consortium. Science assessment items will come from an item bank developed by South Dakota educators and educators from a pool of several other states.

AIR has been announced as the selected vendor to administer South Dakota’s state assessments beginning in spring 2020 for grades 3-8 and 11 in English language arts and math and grades 5, 8, and 11 in science and science alternate. AIR is the state’s current vendor for ELA and math (since 2014-15), but additionally, AIR will now also administer the science and science alternate assessments.

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