Testing Information

Agar-Blunt-Onida Assessments


SD DOE (Department of Education) REQUIRED assessments:

SD English Language Arts, SD Math Grades 3-8 and 11.

Testing Window: March 4 – May 1

SD 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 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.

Want to learn more? Go to http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents/.

Results will be sent home toward the end of the school year.


MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)

Testing Window: March 16 – May 1

The Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA) is a comprehensive assessment system designed to promote increasing higher academic outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities in preparation for a broader array of post-secondary outcomes. The MSAA is designed to measure academic contest that is aligned to and derived from our state’s content standards.

Want to learn more? Go to https://doe.sd.gove/assessment/alternate.aspx

Results will be sent home the beginning of the following school year.


SD Science Grades 5, 8 and 11.

Testing Window: April 1 – May 1

The South Dakota Science test 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.

Want to learn more? Go to https://doe.sd.gov/assessment/science.aspx

Results will be sent out as soon as the DOE makes them available.


Home School Testing (State provides SAT 10) Grade 4, 8 and 11

Testing Window: March 23 – April 17

South Dakota students who receive alternative instruction are required to take a nationally standardized achievement test in Mathematics and Reading at grades 4, 8, and 11. The SD DOE provides, free of charge, a norm-referenced test to children who receive alternative instruction. If parents/guardians use a different test than the one provided by the state, it must be a nationally standardized achievement test. These different tests will be at the expense of the parent/guardian and results need to be shared with the school district.

Want to learn more? Go to https://doe.sd.gov/assessment/sat10.aspx

Results will be sent home at the end of the school year.


NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)


NAEP is often called “the Nation’s Report Card,” is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subjects. Its two major goals are to measure student achievement and to report change in student performance over time. The NAEP is given to a sampling of students across the nation. The results of the NAEP are given for the entire nation and for individual states. Results are also given for specific groups of students, e.g. gender, racial and ethnic groups, and National School Lunch Program eligibility. Results are not available for schools or individual students. NAEP is given to many South Dakota students in reading and mathematics at grades 4, 8, and 12 every two years. National and state results are reported to the public.

Want to learn more? Go to https://doe.sd.gov/assessment/NAEP.aspx


OPTIONAL High School Assessments:

NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate) Grade 12

Testing Window: TBD

The NCRC is an industry-recognized, portable credential certifying essential skills needed for workplace success. To earn certification, students must attain at least the lowest certification level on three ACT WorkKeys assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. This vital initiative is part of the Department of Education’s goal to ensure that, “All students graduate college, career, and life ready.”

Scores are distributed to students as soon as they are accessible.


ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Grade 11

Testing Window: October 21, 2019

ASVAB is given to high school juniors. Seniors can take if they missed it their junior year or want to retake in order to improve their score. It is given during school hours and scheduled through ASVAB typically in the fall. It is not required.

ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students. The assessment is given by a proctor from the military and the National Guard will explain results to students usually within a month following the assessment.


PSAT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) Grade 11

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the United States. This test is not required.

Results are shared with students as soon as they are accessible.


Additional assessments provided by the district to benchmark and progress monitor students:

STARS Grades Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Renaissance Star Reading and Math

Star Reading is a standards-based, computer-adaptive assessment that measures students’ reading comprehension skills. Star Math is a standards-based, computer adaptive assessment that assesses math skills and sub-skills.

Testing Window: Fall Benchmark-August & September; Winter Benchmark-December; Spring Benchmark-May

AIMS Web Grades Kindergarten – 11th grade

aimsweb Plus

aimsweb™Plus is an efficient and effective formative assessment, data management, and reporting system for grades K-8 supporting multi-tiered instructional models. Designed to universally screen and progress monitor, aimsweb Plus uses brief, valid, and reliable measures of foundational skills in reading and math.

Testing Window: Fall Benchmark-August & September; Winter Benchmark-December; Spring Benchmark-May; periodic progress monitoring throughout the school year.




Testing Dates

3rd Grade

SD English Language Arts

SD Math

April 15 – April 17

4th Grade

SD English Language Arts

SD Math

March 31 – April 2


5th Grade

SD English Language Arts

SD Math

SD Science

April 6 – April 9

6th Grade

SD English Language Arts

SD Math

April 14 – April 16


7th Grade

SD English Language Arts

SD Math

April 20 – April 22

8th Grade

SD English Language Arts

SD Math

SD Science

March 31 – April 3


SD English Language Arts

SD Math

SD Science

April 6 – April 9


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