Below you will find information on state and district required assessments. Detailed testing times and dates will be posted prior to opening of test window.

For more information, please visit the Department of Education website and search assessments.


SD English Language Arts

SD Math- March 4- May 1, 2020

South Dakota 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.

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.


SD Science- April 1-May 3, 2020

The South Dakota Science tests measures students’ mastery of the South Dakota State Academic Standards in Science. This test will cover the grade spans of 3-5, 6-8, and 11. Questions will come equally as possible from life, physical, and earth sciences at all 3 tested levels. This assessment will be completely online and administered to students in grades 5,8 and 11.


Sat 10 - March 23- April 17,2020 (Home School Grades 4,8,11)

The SAT-10 or Stanford Achievement Test, 10th Edition is a nationally recognized exam. The testing is used to provide achievement scores for students, teachers, and parents to better understand how well students perform in Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science and Social Sciences.


ACCESS- January 27- February 28, 2020

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0® stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners. This large-scale test addresses the academic English language proficiency (ELP) standards at the core of the WIDA Consortium's approach to instructing and evaluating the progress of English learners. ACCESS for ELLs is taken annually by identified English learners to measure their English proficiency. The South Dakota Department of Education requires ELs in Grades 1-12 be administered the online version except in cases where online testing is not allowed.