Writing skills assessment requirement revised.
be amended to read as follows:
Every public school district shall annually administer the same assessment to all
students in grades three to eight, inclusive, and in grade eleven. The assessment shall measure the
academic progress of each student. Every public school district shall annually administer to all
grades five and nine
at least two grade levels
an achievement test to assess writing
skills. The assessment instruments shall be provided by the Department of Education, and the
department shall determine the two grade levels to be tested. The tests shall be administered within
timelines established by the Department of Education by rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-
26 starting in the spring of the 2002-2003 school year. Each state-designed test shall be correlated
with the state's content standards. The South Dakota Board of Education may promulgate rules
pursuant to chapter 1-26 to provide for administration of all assessments.