State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012
SENATE BILL NO. 164
Introduced by: Senators Tidemann, Brown, Haverly, Heineman, Juhnke, Olson (Russell),
and Rhoden and Representatives Hansen (Jon), Blake, Brunner, Deelstra,
Dryden, Fargen, Haggar, Hawley, Hickey, Hunhoff (Bernie), Munsterman,
Perry, Stricherz, Turbiville, Wick, Wink, and Wismer
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to require public school students in grade eleven to take
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 13-3 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
Except as otherwise provided by law, each public school student in grade eleven shall:
(1) Take the test produced by ACT, Incorporated, including the ACT writing test; or
(2) Take three WorkKeys assessments produced by ACT, Incorporated, that measure
workplace skills and are approved by the secretary of education.
Each student required to take an assessment pursuant to this section shall choose which one
of the assessment options to take, and the Department of Education is responsible for the cost
of procuring and administering any assessment required pursuant to this section.
A school superintendent may exempt a student from the requirement in this section if taking
such an assessment is not required by the student's individualized education plan or if other
special circumstances exist.
Section 2. That chapter 13-3 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
Once a student has taken the assessment required in section 1 of this Act, the student's career
advisor or guidance counselor shall meet with the student to review the student's assessment
Section 3. That chapter 13-3 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
Each school superintendent shall, at a time and in a manner determined by the Department
of Education, report to the Department of Education the number of eleventh grade students who
took the ACT test, including the ACT writing test; the number of eleventh grade students who
took the three WorkKeys assessments; the number of eleventh grade students who were
exempted from the requirement in section 1 of this Act; and the reason why each of the
exemptions was granted.