District Assessments

Smarter Balanced Assessment

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English language arts and mathematics annually in the spring.

The Smarter Balanced assessments measure student achievement in relation to our state standards in the areas of English language arts and mathematics. In addition to providing overall scores in those two subjects, score reports will provide information on student performance in the following areas:

  • English: reading, writing, listening, and research
  • Math: concepts and procedures; problem-solving and modeling/data analysis; and communicating reasoning

More information here: http://doe.sd.gov/octe/SMARTERbalanced.aspx


South Dakota Science Assessment

The South Dakota Science tests measures students’ mastery of the South Dakota State Academic Standards in Science adopted in May 2015 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 and is administered in the spring annually.

More information here: http://doe.sd.gov/Assessment/Science.aspx


MAP Tests

During the school year, your child will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We will give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of math and English and reading. Your child will take the tests on a laptop or Chromebook.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

Students in grades K-12 take the tests three times a year in September, January and April. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth.

A parents guide to MAP tests can be found here: http://wolsey-wessington.k12.sd.us/media/ww360webcmscom/documents/A-Parents-Guide-to-MAP-.pdf


NAEP – 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 the change in student performance over time.

The NAEP for Math and Reading will be administered to many South Dakota students in grades 4, 8, and 12. The Wolsey-Wessington School District is notified on an annual basis which if any of our students will participate in this assessment.

Results are reported out at only the state level and no specific district data is received.

More information here: https://doe.sd.gov/assessment/NAEP.aspx


ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for EL Students)

ACCESS 2.0: February
ACCESS Alt: February

Results are communicated to parents within one week of results.

More information on the ACCESS test here: https://doe.sd.gov/assessment/elp.aspx


MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)

Testing Window: March-May

The Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA) is a comprehensive assessment system designed to promote increasing higher academic outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities in preparation for a broader array of post-secondary outcomes. The MSAA is designed to measure academic contest that is aligned to and derived from our state’s content standards. Results will be sent home the beginning of the following school year.

More information here: https://doe.sd.gove/assessment/alternate.aspx


NCRC - National Career Readiness Certificate

Wolsey-Wessington School is partnering with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation to offer all juniors and/or seniors a unique opportunity to take the NCRC assessment. The National Career Readiness Certification is a credential based on the WorkKeys® assessments that substantiates to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st-century jobs. The NCRC is a benefit to our senior students, giving them a head start if they are entering the world of work immediately after graduation or several years down the road following college graduation.

Results are giving to individual students

More information here: https://dlr.sd.gov/workforce_services/ncrc/default.aspx


ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

ASVAB is given to high school juniors. Seniors can take 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 usually within a month following the assessment.


STARS Grades Kindergarten – 8th Grade

Renaissance Star Reading and Math are standards-based, computer-adaptive assessment that measures students’ reading comprehension skills. Star Math is a standards-based, computer adaptive assessment that assesses math skills and sub-skills.

Testing Windows: Fall, Winter and Spring


AIMS Web Grades Kindergarten – 8th grade

Aimsweb™Plus is an efficient and effective formative assessment, data management, and reporting system for grades K-8 supporting multi-tiered instructional models. Designed to universally screen and progress monitor, aimsweb Plus uses brief, valid, and reliable measures of foundational skills in reading and math.

Testing Window: Fall Benchmark, Winter Progress Monitoring, Spring Benchmark, and periodic progress monitoring for students receiving RtI services throughout the school year.