West Central School District 49-7

705 East 2nd Street

Hartford, SD 57033

605-528-3217

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District Assessments

 Department of Education Required Assessments
West Central School District


The goal of the SD Department of Education is that all high school students graduate college, career, and life ready. To this aim, the South Dakota assessment system is designed to provide districts, schools, and parents with the information they need to ensure that their students remain on track to reach this goal. South Dakota public school students participate in annual summative testing in English language arts and mathematics and the results of these tests are included in the state accountability system. In addition to annual tests in English language arts and mathematics, South Dakota requires an assessment of science and writing annually and provides schools and teachers with resources to utilize other assessments to help identify strengths and areas for improvement.

 

With new state standards, students are working harder, thinking more critically, and applying their learning to the real world. To measure these new standards, educators from states using Smarter assessments have worked together to develop new, high-quality tests in English and Math.
 

South Dakota English Language Arts & South Dakota Math Assessment
     ● Grades: 3-8 and 11
     ● 2 sessions, 1-2 hours each
     ● West Central Testing window: March 4 - May 1, 2020
     ● Results available: Late spring or early fall
     ● More information available at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents/


 

South Dakota English Language Arts Alternate & South Dakota Math Alternate Assessment
     ● Grades: 3-8 and 11
     ● Session times vary per individual student needs
     ● West Central Testing window: March 16 - May 1, 2020
     ● Results available: Late spring or early fall

 

 

South Dakota Science Assessment

The South Dakota Science Assessment measures students’ mastery of the South Dakota State Academic Standards in Science adopted in May 2015. 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. The assessment will be completely online.
     ● Grades: 5, 8 & 11
     ● 3 Sessions, 30-45 minutes each
     ● West Central Testing window: April 1 - May 1, 2020
     ● Results available: Fall

 

South Dakota Science AlternateAssessment

The South Dakota Science students’ mastery of the South Dakota State Academic Standards in Science adopted in May 2015. 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. The assessment will be completely online.
     ● Results available: Fall
     ● West Central Testing window: April 1 - May 1, 2020
     ● Session times vary per individual student needs
     ● Grades: 5, 8 & 11


 

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
NAEP is often called “the Nation’s Report Card,” and is the only nationally represented 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 change in student performance over time. The NAEP is given to a sampling of students across the nation. The results of the NAEPare given for the entire nation as well as individual states. Results are also given for specific groups of students, e.g. gender, racial and ethnic groups, and National School Lunch Program eligibility. The NAEP is given to many South Dakota students in reading and mathematics every two years.
     ● Grades: 4 & 8
     ● West Central has not been selected to participate in NAEP this year
     ● Results are not available for schools or individual students


 

Home School Testing
South Dakota students who receive alternative instruction are required to take a nationally standardized achievement test in Mathematics and Reading. The South Dakota Department of Education provides, free of charge, a norm-referenced test to children who receive alternative instruction. If parents/guardians use a different test than the one provided by the state, it must be a nationally standardized achievement test. These different tests will be at the expense of the parent/guardian and results need to be shared with the school district.
     ● Grades: 4,8 & 11 -- If you have a student in these grades, you will get information in the early spring
     ● West Central Testing window: March 23 - April 17, 2020
     ● Results available: Fall
     ● More information available at: http://doe.sd.gov/Assessment/Sat10.aspx

 

More information about these required assessments can be found here:
http://doe.sd.gov/Assessment/

 

 

Additional assessments used by the district for benchmark and progress monitoring:
Benchmark assessments are short tests administered throughout the school year that give teachers immediate feedback on how students are meeting academic standards. Regular use
is seen by many as a tool to measure student growth and design curriculum to meet individual learning needs. Progress monitoring is the practice of testing students briefly but frequently on the skill areas in which they are receiving instruction, to ensure that they are making adequate progress.

 

Benchmark Assessments

Elementary:
MAP ® Reading Fluency TM is an online, adaptive benchmark and progress monitoring assessment that efficiently measures oral reading fluency, literal comprehension, and
foundational skills—for both English and Spanish speakers. It uses advanced technology to enable group testing, automatically record and score each student, and
deliver instructionally useful data.


The Measures of Academic Progress ® (MAP ® ) is a suite of assessments that deliver data you need to make a difference in student progress:
     ● MAP ® Growth™— measures areas that are related to your standards (1-11)
            ○Assessmentgiven in the fall, winter, and spring
     ● MAP ® Skills™— identifies gaps and helps students to master specific skills within a hierarchy of foundational skills (1-11)
     ● MAP ® Reading Fluency™— measures oral reading fluency
           ○Assessmentgiven in the fall, winter, and spring

 

High School
NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate)
The NCRC is given to High School Juniors and Seniors. Schools work with CTE and the Department of Labor to schedule a time for the assessment at the school. The NCRC is an industry-recognized, portable credential certifying essential skills needed for workplace success.  To earn certification, students must attain at least the lowest certification level on three ACT WorkKeys assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading
andlife ready.” Scores are sent to the school to be distributed to students as soon as possible.

 

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
ASVAB is given to High School Juniors. Seniors can take it if they missed it their junior year or want to retake in order to improve their score. It is given during school hours and scheduled through ASVAB typically in the fall. It is not required. ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students. The assessment is given by a Proctor from the military and the National Guard will explain results to students.

 

 

ACT

The ACT test is the nation’s most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning. The ACT is not a required assessment. It is not administered during school hours. You must register for it and there is a fee to take the exam. Results are available online within 2 weeks after your test date. Students must log in through their student web account with ACT to see scores.

 

For more information about the ACT, how to register and testing dates:

http://www.act.org/content/act/en/students-and-parents.html