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State Assessments

South Dakota Department of Education’s Assessment website

National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called “the Nation’s Report Card,” 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.


Spring Creek School: Feb 5th – 4th grade

Todd County Elementary School: February 14th- 4th grade

Klein School:  February 19th- 8th grade

Lakeview School:  February 20th- 8th grade

He Dog School: February 21- 8th grade

Okreek School:  February 27- 4th grade

Todd County Middle School:  March 7- 8th grade


ACCESS 2.0 and ACCESS 2.0 Alt

This assessment is for students, grades 1-12, identified as English Learners (EL). It measures student growth in English language proficiency. Results of this assessment are used to determine continued eligibility in the EL program.

Dates: January 28 – February 28, 2019


Smarter Balanced Summative

Smarter Balanced is an assessment for grades 3-8 and 11. It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready.

Dates: March 6 – May 3, 2019           


SD Science and SD Science Alt

The South Dakota Science tests measures students’ mastery of the South Dakota State Academic Standards in at grades 5, 8, and 11. 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. This assessment will be completely online.

Dates: April 1 – May 3, 2019


MSAA (ELA and Math Alternate Assessment)

Alternate Assessment is available for grades 3-8 and 11 students who have met the significant cognitive disability criteria. These students are working with the Core Content Connectors and their IEP’s indicate alternate assessment for statewide testing.

Dates: March 11 – May 3, 2019


Todd County School District Assessments

Todd County Assessment Calendar


​Developmental Reading Assessment Plus (DRA)

Information on DRA2 Testing

The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is a standardized reading test used to determine a student’s instructional level in reading. Teachers and/or reading specialists administer the DRA individually to students. Students read a selection (or selections) and then retell what they have read to the examiner. It is given two-three times a year to students in grades K-5.

DRA Dates:

Fall (Grades 1-5, K-optional):  September 4- September 21, 2018

Winter (Grade K-10):  January 7- January 25, 2019

Spring (Grades K-10):  April 29- May 17, 2019


Northwest Education Association:  Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP)

NWEA MAP Testing Parent Toolkit

Each school year, students in grades K-10 take an assessment called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). The MAP tests determine each child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in the areas of reading (grades K-10), mathematics (grades K-10), and science (TCMS).

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for each child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.

MAP Testing Dates:

Fall (Grades 1-10):  September 17 – October 5, 2018

Winter (Grade K-10):  January 22 – February 8, 2019

Spring (Grades K-10):  May 6- May 24, 2019


Assessments at Todd County High School:


Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.

Dates: September 20, 2018


American College Testing (ACT)

The ACT assessment measures high school students’ general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work with the multiple choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.

Dates at Todd County High School:

February 20, 2019

April TBD

Other dates/locations found on the link above



The test helps place students where they are most likely to thrive in their academic pursuits. It meets the assessment needs of community colleges, four-year colleges, technical schools, and high schools. Accuplacer is a web-based assessment tool to determine skills in reading, writing, and math. It is untimed.

Dates: October 2018 TBD