Hot Springs School District Assessment Information

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.

Assessment Calendar

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium


South Dakota is part of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC. The SBAC is a

consortium of states that have been working collaboratively to develop a student assessment

system aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. South

Dakota is one of 21 governing states, which allows the state decision‐making participation. The

remaining six are advisory states. 

The SBAC focus is on assessing students annually in grades 3‐8 and 11. The system includes

both summative and interim assessments and will use computer adaptive testing technologies

to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that

teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed.


South Dakota Science Assessment


The South Dakota Science tests measures students’ mastery of the South Dakota State

Academic Standards in Science adopted in May, 2015 at grades 5, 8, and 11. This test will cover

the grade spans of 3‐5, 6‐8, and high school. Questions will come equally as possible from life,

physical, and earth sciences at all 3 tested levels. This assessment will be completely online.


South Dakota Science Alternate Assessment


The SDSA‐Alt is available for students who have a significant cognitive disability. These students

are working with the Core Content Connectors and their IEP’s indicate alternate assessment for

statewide testing.




ACCESS for ELLs 2.0® stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State‐

to‐State for English Language Learners. This large‐scale test addresses the academic English

language proficiency (ELP) standards at the core of the WIDA Consortium's approach to

instructing and evaluating the progress of English learners. ACCESS for ELLs is taken annually by

identified English learners to measure their English proficiency. The South Dakota Department

of Education requires ELs in Grades 1‐12 be administered the online version except in cases

where online testing is not allowed. 


MSAA (South Dakota Alternate Assessment)


Alternate Assessment is available for students who have met the significant cognitive disability

criteria. These students are working with the Core Content Connectors and their IEP’s indicate

alternate assessment for statewide testing.




National Assessment of Educational Progress and assessed in the areas of language arts and mathematics. The testing window for students in grades 8 will be from January 28 to March 8, 2019. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Most students will take the assessment on tablets, while a small subset of students will take paper-and-pencil versions. Each student will take NAEP in one format and one subject only. Results will be released at the national, state, and TUDA levels for the mathematics and reading assessments at grade 8.


HSSD Testing Windows


NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress

    Jan. 25 - March 19, 2021

ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for EL students)

    ACCESS 2.0: Jan. 25 – Feb.26, 2021


Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment)

    Grades 3-8 and 11: March 8 - May 7, 2021

MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)

    March 15 - April 30, 2021 

South Dakota Science and South Dakota Science Alt

   March 8 – May 7, 2021

Home School Testing (State-provided SAT 10 ab)

    March 22 – April 16, 2021


    Grade 11 or 12, TBA