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About the South Dakota Smarter Balanced (SBAC)

What is the South Dakota Smarter Balanced (SBAC)?

The South Dakota Smarter Balanced is a comprehensive program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas including Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). The exams can be used for placement and evaluation of a student's progress. Our comprehensive practice materials help students prepare for success on these all important exams.

Practice Tests for the South Dakota Smarter Balanced (SBAC)

Our curriculum is focused around actual material that a student is likely to see on the upcoming South Dakota Smarter Balanced (SBAC) test. Nationally known for delivering high quality and affordable materials that help students improve their scores, we provide you both paper-based instruction and easy to use online test preparation.


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State Testing Information for South Dakota

Portions of the following material were taken from the Department of Education website. Please consult your state's education website for further information on the actual tests administered for your school.


Smarter Balanced is a comprehensive system designed to measure how well students are learning the K–12 Standards in English language arts (ELA) and math. It was developed by a multi-state partnership of educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups. Results from the new tests can be used to show how students, schools, and districts are performing. It will also allow states to be compared to each other using a standard tool.

Having a common set of ELA and math standards across states will result in efficiencies for students, teachers, and state budgets. For example, a student moving from one state to another should have a fairly seamless transition because the standards will be the same for both states. Teacher training programs and curricular materials can be developed using the common standards.

The work of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed – regardless of disability, language or subgroup. The development of the assessment has and will continue to involve experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers and community groups working together in a transparent and consensus-driven process.


 
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