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Policies and Testing Information

Testing Information

South Dakota ELA & Math Assessment

The South Dakota English Language Arts and Math Assessment measures student achievement in relation to our state standards in the areas of English language arts and mathematics. The online test uses adaptive testing technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed. In addition to providing overall scores in those two subjects, score reports will provide information on student performance in the following areas:

  • English: reading, writing, listening, and research
  • Math: concepts and procedures; problem solving and modeling/data analysis; and communicating reasoning

South Dakota Science Assessment

The South Dakota Science tests measures students’ mastery of the South Dakota State Academic Standards in Science adopted in May, 2015 at grades 5, 8, and 11. This test will cover the grade spans of 3-5, 6-8, and high school. Questions will come equally as possible from life, physical, and earth sciences at all 3 tested levels. This assessment will be completely online.

Testing Dates

Zion’s testing dates are April 12-28, 2023


School Polices

FERPA Statement

Student education records are official and confidential documents protected by one of the nation’s strongest privacy protection laws, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  This notice is to inform parents that you may inspect and review records.  If you as parents believe the records to be inaccurate, you may seek to amend them by contacting the school administrator.  You also have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in the record, except under authorized circumstances, FERPA gives both parents, custodial and non-custodial, equal access to student information unless the school has evidence of a court order or state law revoking these rights.

Zion Lutheran School Student- Parent Handbook 2020-2021 pg. 21

FERPA – More Information

More information on FERPA can be found here: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


Zion Lutheran School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin.

Pg. 27 of the Teacher Handbook


Zion Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school administered programs.

Pg. 18 of the Student/Parent Handbook


Title IX Regulations

Becki Aker
General Educator