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.

 

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

 

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.

 

HSSD Testing Windows

 

NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress

    Jan. 28 – March 8, 2019

Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment)

    Grades 3-8 and 11: March 6 - May 3, 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

NCRC

    Grade 11 or 12, TBA

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/DATES

 

ACCESS- January 28- February 28, 2019

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.

 

FAST- fall, winter, spring benchmarking (grades k-5)

earlyReading (K-1) is designed to assess both unified and component skills associated with kindergarten and first grade reading achievement. It is intended to enable screening and progress monitoring across four domains (Concepts of Print, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Decoding). It provides domain specific assessments of these component skills, as well as a general estimate of overall reading achievement. English and Spanish versions are available.

aReading (1-12) is a computer adaptive measure of broad reading ability individualized for each student. It provides a useful estimate of broad reading achievement from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The question and response format used in aReading is substantially similar to many state-wide, standardized assessments. It is a fully automated, simple and efficient procedure. Browser-based software adapts and individualizes the assessment for each child so that it essentially functions at the child’s developmental and skill level. The adaptive nature of the test makes it more efficient and more precise than paper-and-pencil assessments.

CBMreading (1-8) is an evidence-based assessment used to screen and monitor student progress in reading competency for grades 1-8. It uses easy, time-efficient assessment procedures to determine a student’s general reading ability across short intervals of time (i.e., weekly, monthly, or quarterly). Students read aloud for one minute from grade – or instructional- level passages. The words read correct per minute (WRCM) functions as a robust indicator of a reading health and as a sensitive indicator of intervention effects. English and Spanish versions are available.

CBMreadingComp (1-8) is an optional add on to the last passage in CBMreading, which is used to measure student comprehension of the passage just read. It uses story retell and a series of 10 questions about the passage to support screening and progress monitoring. English version only

i-Ready Diagnostic – fall, winter, spring benchmarking (grade 6,7,8)

i-Ready is an adaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with actionable insight into student needs. The Diagnostic offers a complete picture of student performance and growth in math and reading. Diagnostic results set a personalized learning path for each student, ensuring they’re working on instruction that matches their unique learning needs.

 

NAEP- Febraury 20, 2019 (Grade 8)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only assessment that measures what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects across the nation, states, and in some urban districts. Also known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP has provided important information about how students are performing academically since 1969.

NAEP is given to a representative sample of students across the country. Results are reported for groups of students with similar characteristics (e.g., gender, race and ethnicity, school location), not individual students. National results are available for all subjects assessed by NAEP. State and selected urban district results are available for mathematics, reading, and (in some assessment years) science and writing.

 

Sat 10 - March 25- April 19, 2019 (Home School Grades 4,8,11)

The SAT-10 or Stanford Achievement Test, 10th Edition is a nationally recognized exam. The testing is used to provide achievement scores for students, teachers, and parents to better understand how well students perform in Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science and Social Sciences.

 

SDSA- April 1-May 3, 2019

The South Dakota Science tests measures students’ mastery of the South Dakota State Academic Standards in Science. This test will cover the grade spans of 3-5, 6-8, and 11. Questions will come equally as possible from life, physical, and earth sciences at all 3 tested levels. This assessment will be completely online.

 

 

Smarter Balanced Assessment- March 6- May 3, 2019

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.

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.