The current Sioux Falls School District assessment program includes both district-developed and state-mandated achievement testing. The South Dakota General Education Assessments and the SD Alternate Assessments are state-mandated tests that take place in grades 3-8 and 11 for Math and English Language Arts. The South Dakota Science and Science Alternate Assessment are state-mandated tests that take place in grades 5, 8, and 11 for Science. The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs test is administered to all qualifying ELL students at Grades K-12. MAP Growth Assessments are administered in grades K-8 in Math, Reading, and Language Usage. Semester tests are developed at the district level for selected courses in English, Mathematics, Personal Finance, Science, Social Studies, and World Language. Assessment data is reported to parents/guardians and is available online for district staff.

High School students MAY ELECT to take college entrance tests such as the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is available to students who wish to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship. Students (and/or parents) should reach out to the high school regarding information about testing dates, locations, and how to get registered online.

Annual Assessments

DateAssessmentGrade LevelsPurposeContact
May 27 – Aug. 25Course Equivalency Exams (at Central Services)9 through 12Option for high school students to receive credit for DOE approved courses prior to attending the class (Estimated test time = 90 minutes)Assessment and Evaluation
Aug. 26 – May 24Course Equivalency Exams (in Buildings)*Individual results are shared with parents/guardians within 15 daysCE proctor in building
Aug. 25 – May 6SD Interim Assessments (IAB’s & FIAB’s)3 through 12Formative assessments available within the Smarter Balanced system (Estimated test time = 20 minutes)Curriculum Services
Aug. 30 - Sept. 17MAP Growth Assessment and Alt.K through 2 (math only)Formative assessment to guide instruction and measure student growth in reading, language usage, and math (Estimated test time = 60 min per test)Assessment and Evaluation
3 through 8*Individual results are shared with parents/guardians at conferences
Aug. 30 - Sept. 17MAP Reading Fluency and Alt.K through 2Formative assessment to guide instruction and measure student growth in early reading skills (phonological awareness, phonics & word recognition, vocabulary, listening comprehension, decoding, and literal comprehension) (Estimated test time = 25 to 40 min per test)Assessment and Evaluation
*Individual results are shared with parents/guardians at conferences
Sept. 13 - 24Reading Inventory (RI) and Phonics Inventory (PI)6 through 8Determine reading intervention needs (Estimated test time = 15 to 30 minutes)Special Services
Oct. 21National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)12The ACT® NCRC is a national credential designed to offer an accurate prediction about the success of people in the workplaceAssessment and Evaluation
Fall 2021Youth Risk Behavior Survey9 through 12 (Schools selected by SD Dept. of Health)Federally funded research with support from SD School AdministratorsSD Dept. of Health
Oct. 1 – Nov. 1NNAT3 Gifted Screener2District-wide screener for Gifted Ed identification  (Estimated test time = 30 to 90 minutes)Assessment and Evaluation
Nov. 26 – Dec. 21Olweus Servey3 through 8Data used to support the efforts of Olweus at the Elementary and Middle School levelsStudent Support Services
Dec. 1 - 22 (Winter window cannot start until Dec 1)MAP Growth Assessment and Alt.K through 2 (math only)Formative assessment to guide instruction and measure student growth in reading, language usage, and math (Estimated test time = 60 min per test)Assessment and Evaluation
3 through 8*Individual results are shared with parents/guardians at conferences
Dec. 1 - 22 (Winter window cannot start until Dec 1)MAP Reading Fluency and AltK through 2Formative assessment to guide instruction and measure student growth in early reading skills (phonological awareness, phonics & word recognition, vocabulary, listening comprehension, decoding, and literal comprehension) (Estimated test time = 25 to 40 min per test)Assessment and Evaluation
*Individual results are shared with parents/guardians at conferences
Dec. 6 - 16Reading Inventory (RI) and Phonics Inventory (PI)6 through 8Determine reading intervention needs (Estimated test time = 15 to 30 minutes)Special Services
Jan. 11 – 13 (MS)District HS Semester One Tests7 through 12Summative assessments for selected high school courses offered across the district (Estimated test time = 90 minutes)Assessment and Evaluation
Jan. 12 – 13 (HS)
Jan. 24 – Feb. 25ACCESS for ELLs® and ACCESS for ELLs Alternate AssessmentAll EL Students (K through 12)State required assessment to measure English language proficiency for students identified as EL (Estimated test time = 3 hours) Assessment and Evaluation
*Individual results are shared with parents/guardians at the end of the year
Winter 2022National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)4 and 8The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 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 (Estimated test time = 90 to 120 minutes)SD DOE
TBDTobacco Survey6 through 8Research partnership with SDSDU and support from SD School AdministratorsSD Dept. of Health
March 7 – May 6SD English Language Arts Assessment and SD Math Assessment3 through 8, 11State required summative assessment measuring ELA and math achievement (Estimated test time = 2 to 4 hours per test)Assessment and Evaluation
*Individual results are sent home during the summer
March 7 - May 6SD Science and Science Alternate5, 8, 11State required summative assessment measuring science achievement (Estimated test time = 2 hours)Assessment and Evaluation
*Individual results for the SD Science Assessment are sent home in the summer; SD Science Alternate individual results are shared the following fall.
March 14 –April 29SD ELA and Math Alternate Assessment3 through 8, 11State required alternate, summative assessment measuring ELA and math achievement for identified SPED students (Estimated test time = 2.5 hours)Special Services
*Individual results are shared with parents/guardians the following fall.
April 4 - 15Reading Inventory (RI) and Phonics Inventory (PI)6 through 8Determine reading intervention needs (Estimated test time = 15 to 30 minutes)Special Services
April 25 - May 13MAP Growth Assessment and Alt.K through 2 (math only)Formative assessment to guide instruction and measure student growth in reading, language usage, and math (Estimated test time = 60 min per test) Assessment and Evaluation
3 through 8 *Individual results are sent home at the end of the school year
April 25 - May 13MAP Reading Fluency and AltK through 2Formative assessment to guide instruction and measure student growth in early reading skills (phonological awareness, phonics & word recognition, vocabulary, listening comprehension, decoding, and literal comprehension) (Estimated test time = 25 to 40 min per test)Assessment and Evaluation
*Individual results are sent home at the end of the school year
May 2 – 13State-Mandated AssessmentsAP – Advanced Placement ExamsState-Mandated Assessments9 through 12State-Mandated AssessmentsOptional tests for students in AP courses; colleges use score to determine if students receive credit.State-Mandated AssessmentsCurriculum ServicesState-Mandated Assessments
April 25 - May 27STAMP Spanish Immersion Testing5, 8, HSSummative assessment to measure Spanish language proficiency (Estimated test time = 1.5 to 3 hours)Curriculum Services
May 19 - 23 (MS)District HS Semester Two Tests7 through 12Summative assessments for selected high school courses offered across the district (Estimated test time = 90 minutes)Assessment and Evaluation
May 23 - 24 (HS)

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