Testing Information

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.  
South Dakota DOE Assessment Resources

SD DOE Testing Dates for 2018-19 school year

NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress
    Jan. 28 – March 8, 2019
ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for EL students)
    ACCESS 2.0: Jan. 28 – Feb.28, 2019
    ACCESS Alt: Jan. 28 – Feb.28, 2019
Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment)
    Grades 3-8 and 11: March 6 - May 3, 2019 
    (Paper/pencil window: March 18 – April 19, 2019. Tests shipped no later than April 25, 2019)
MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)
    March 18 - May 3, 2019 (tentative)
South Dakota Science and South Dakota Science Alt
    April 1 – May 3, 2019
Home School Testing (State-provided SAT 10 ab)
    March 25 – April 19, 2019
    Grade 11 or 12, schools work with CTE and Dept. of Labor to schedule