Smarter Balanced Assessment

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English language arts and mathematics annually in the spring.

The Smarter Balanced assessments measure student achievement in relation to our state standards in the areas of English language arts and mathematics. In addition to providing overall scores in those two subjects, score reports will provide information on student performance in the following areas:

o English: reading, writing, listening, and research

o Math: concepts and procedures; problem solving and modeling/data analysis; and communicating reasoning

More information HERE  

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 and is administered in the spring annually. 

More information HERE


All students take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We will give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of math, English and reading. Your child will take the tests on a laptop or Chromebook.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Twice a year, your child will spend a total of about 2-3 hours completing these tests over a course of 3 days.

This school year, school year students in grades 6-11 will take the tests in the fall and spring. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth.

A parents guide to MAP tests can be found here: [click here]