Annual Assessments

The current Sioux Falls School District assessment program includes both district driven and state mandated achievement testing.

State Mandated Achievement Tests*

  • The South Dakota Math and English Language Arts Assessments and the SD Math and English Language Arts Alternate Assessments

  • The South Dakota Science and Science Alternate Assessment for Science

  • The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs test for English language proficiency

District Driven Tests*

  • Semester tests for selected high school courses

  • NWEA MAP Growth for reading and math

  • NWEA MAP Reading Fluency for early reading skills

 *A description of each test is provided in the table.

 Elective Tests for High School Students

Course Equivalency Exams are options for high school students to receive credit for DOE approved courses prior to attending the class.

American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

High school students MAY ELECT to take college entrance tests such as the the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). This 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 with any additional questions regarding ACT or SAT testing.

Dates, locations, and how to get registered online may be found here: