- Last Updated: 12 October 2016 12 October 2016
The current Sioux Falls School District assessment program includes both district-developed and state-mandated achievement testing. The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment and the NCSC (National Center and State Collaborative) Alternate Assessment are state-mandated tests that take place in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11 for math and English language arts. The Dakota STEP and Dakota STEP 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. The District conducts writing assessments at grades 4, 6, and 9. Semester tests are developed at the district level for selected courses in English, social studies, science, mathematics, and Spanish I. 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.