South Dakota Codified Law 13-3-55, states all public school district shall annually administer the same assessment to all students in grades three through eighth grade, and eleventh. The assessment shall measure the academic progress of each student. The assessment instruments shall be provided by the Department of Education. Each state-designed test shall be correlated with the state's content standards. Click on the link below to see a list of the required and optional assessments administered by the District
Smarter Balanced Assessment
The Smarter Balanced Assessment is the assessment system for accountability used to measure student proficiency and adequate yearly progress in South Dakota schools. According to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver and SDCL 13-3-55, schools are required to show improvement each year in student proficiency levels defined by the South Dakota Content Standards in reading and mathematics.
The foundation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the South Dakota Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards were informed by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) frameworks and included input from teachers and post-secondary experts.
The South Dakota Department of Education requires that the Smarter Balanced Assessment be administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 each spring
Coming Fall of 2019, All ASD elementary schools will be transitioning to a standards based report card. This type of reporting will replace the traditional letter grade system and provide parents with a clear picture of their child’s academic growth, strengths and needs. This change will only affect the elementary level.