Frequently Asked Questions about Paper Test Administration
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Frequently Asked Questions about Paper Test Administration

What are the accommodations that require SD Department of Education approval prior to its use?

Please contact the Beth Schiltz at beth.schiltz@state.sd.us from the South Dakota Department of Education with the request to add the following accommodations.

  1. Embedded Accommodations:
    • ELA CAT Text-to-Speech Passages
    • ELA CAT Text-to-Speech Passages & Items
  2. Non-Embedded Accommodations:
    • Read Aloud Passages
    • Calculator
    • Print on Demand
    • 100s Chart
    • Multiplication Table
    • Permisive Mode

The request should also include the grade and SSID information.

Once the accommodation request has been reviewed and approved, the SDDOE will update the student's test settings in TIDE. As a Proctor (PR), you will be able to confirm in TIDE and in the Proctor (PR) Interface when that setting has been updated for the student.  

If the accommodation request has been denied, the SDDOE will notify the Proctor (PR) who submitted the request.

How do I print a PreID label from TIDE (for paper testers only)?

PreID labels can printed directly from the View/Edit Students page under the Student Information tab. Refer to the TIDE User Guide for more detailed information.

Do I need to return the ELA Listening Script?

Yes, all ELA Listening Scripts are secure materials and should be returned with the test and answer booklets. For more information, refer to the subject-specific Paper Test Administration Manual in the resources section of the SD Gateway or your return kit.

Do I need to return the ELA or Mathematics Paper Test Administration Manual (TAM)?

No, they do not need to be returned with the test/answer booklets or ELA Listening Scripts. However, printed copies of the paper TAMs should be destroyed after paper testing ends per the state’s policy.

What do I do with the Test Administration Manual (TAM) after the window ends?

After testing ends, printed copies of the TAM should be destroyed per the state policy.

What’s the difference between scorable and non-scorable materials? Which ones do I need to return to the scoring vendor?

The scoring vendor for paper tests, Measurement Incorporated (MI), categorizes paper test materials into scorable and non-scorable materials. Scorable materials include used-answer documents. Non-scorable materials that should be returned to MI at the end of testing includes the ELA Listening script, blank (unused) test and answer booklets, and Braille materials.  Non-scorable materials which should not be returned to MI include the Test Administration Manual, printed ancillary instructions, blank pre-id labels, or soiled test materials. For more information, refer to the subject-specific Paper Test Administration Manual in the resources section of the portal or your return kit.

When do paper test materials need to be returned?

Paper tests should be returned to Measurement Incorporated (MI) no later than three business days after testing is complete. The Test Coordinator is responsible for arranging the test materials pickup with Fedex and should keep the receipt tabs for reference. For more information, refer to the subject-specific Paper Test Administration Manual in the resources section of the portal or your return kit.

When will paper test materials be shipped?

Paper tests should be shipped to participating districts by March 7, 2021. District or school test coordinators are responsible for distributing them to the appropriate school.

What happens if an answer booklet does not have a Pre-ID labels?

Pre-ID labels are used to identify student paper tests for scoring. If you are aware that an answer booklet has been sent to the scoring vendor without a label, lease contact the SDDOE or the South Dakota Assessments Help Desk. 

What is the deadline to enter non-participation codes in TIDE?

You will be need to add non-participation codes for both paper and online testers prior to the end of the test window.

What are the 2021-2022 assessment windows?

ELA and Math Assessment Windows

  • Interim IAB: August 20, 2021 - May 6, 2022
  • Interim FIAB: August 20, 2021 - May 6, 2022
  • Interim ICA: August 20, 2021 - March 2, 2022
  • Practice & Training: September 13, 2021 - December 30, 2022
  • Summative Online: March 2, 2022  -  May 6, 2022

Science (SDSA) Assessment Windows

  • Interim: October 25, 2021 - May 6, 2022
  • Practice: September 13, 2021 - December 30, 2022
  • Summative Online: March 2, 2022  -  May 6, 2022

Science Alternate (SDSAA) Assessment Windows

  • Sample test: September 13, 2021 - December 30, 2022
  • Summative Online: March 2, 2022 -  May 6, 2022