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

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

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