South Dakota - Student Assessments: Assessment Authority

Area: 
Assessment Authority
Policy Type: 
Statute
Year Adopted: 
2012
Summary: 

The South Dakota State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Body: 

Promulgation of rules to establish state accountability system. The South Dakota Board of Education may promulgate administrative rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 to establish the state accountability system based on achievement and other indicators including:
(1) A definition of academic progress;
(2) The method of calculating yearly progress in mathematics and reading for all public schools, including methods for determining both the status and growth;
(3) A definition of four levels of student achievement, including a proficient level;
(4) Determination of cut scores in mathematics and reading for each level of student achievement;
(5) Establishment of the measurable objectives for academic progress;
(6) Establishment of a system of sanctions, rewards, and recognition;
(7) Establishment of the process for teacher and principal evaluation;
(8) Determination of the criteria to demonstrate student preparedness for college and career for each public high school;
(9) Determination of the method for calculating the attendance rate for each public elementary and middle school;
(10) Establishment of an appeal process for public schools; and
(11) Establishment of a process whereby the state accountability system will be periodically reviewed.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
05/25/2016