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South Dakota State Assessments
The goal of the South Dakota 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.

SD DOE Testing Dates for 2017-18 school year

NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress
National year, no South Dakota schools in the sample
ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for EL students)
ACCESS 2.0: Jan. 29 – March 2, 2018
ACCESS Alt: Jan. 29 - March 2, 2018
Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment)
Grades 3-8 and 11 : March 7 - May 4, 2018
(Paper/pencil window: March 19 – April 20, 2018. Tests shipped no later than April 25, 2018)
MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)
March 19 - May 4, 2018
South Dakota Science and South Dakota Science Alt
April 2 – May 4, 2018
Home School Testing
March 26 – April 20, 2018
Grade 11 or 12, schools work with CTE and Dept. of Labor to schedule