The Dakota STEP is the assessment system for accountability in South Dakota schools that assesses basic curricular objectives in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social science.
The foundation of the Dakota STEP is the Stanford Achievement Test Series, 10th Edition. Additional test questions are used to assess the South Dakota State Content Standards in reading, mathematics, and science as required by the No Child Left Behind Act. The Dakota STEP provides updated content that reflects national and state standards, curriculum, and educational trends for the beginning of the 21st century.
This type of test can only give certain kinds of information about how your child is doing in school. To get a more complete picture, you also need to know how your child performs on other tests the teacher gives, daily class work, homework, and other activities. Some suggestions that both you and your child can do to help him or her to take the Dakota STEP are as follows:
- Get a good night's sleep before the test.
- Eat a good breakfast.
- Listen carefully to the directions.
- Do your best and don't give up.
- As parents, you can help your child understand that the Dakota STEP gives him or her a chance to show what he or she knows about a subject. Students who are calm and sure of themselves do better on tests.