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2016-2017 Assessment Calendars

2016-2017 Elementary Assessment Calendar (pdf document)
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Elementary Assessment Calendar 16-17

2016-2017 Middle School Assessment Calendar (pdf document)
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Middle School Assessment Calendar 16-17

2016-2017 High School Assessment Calendar (pdf document)
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High School Assessment Calendar 16-17

2017-2018 Assessment Calendars

2017-2018 Elementary Assessment Calendar (pdf document)
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2017-2018 Middle School Assessment Calendar (pdf document)
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2017-2018 High School Assessment Calendar (pdf document)
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BPS District Assessments

Bismarck Public Schools uses a variety of district assessments in grades PreK-12. Common district assessments are described below.


ACCESS is an assessment used for evaluation and reporting for students whom English is not their primary language. ACCESS assessments are given in the spring of each year to all English Language Learner (ELL) students, and during the academic year as needed.


The ACT test assesses students general academic development and predicts their readiness for college.

In North Dakota, the state does provide funding to schools so that all high school juniors can take either the ACT or WorkKeys Skills test. This testing occurs in April of each year during a regular school day.

Students have the option to take the ACT one or more additional times during their junior and senior years during scheduled ACT testing dates. Students should contact their high school counseling department for additional information.

The ACT website is located at www.act.org


AIMSweb is a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy and numeracy development. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills as well as early numeracy skills. BPS administers this assessment to students in grades K-5 three times each year. The assessment also provides progress-monitoring measures that may be used throughout the school year to determine student progress in one or more of the fluency areas.

The AIMSweb website is located at www.aimsweb.com/


Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are standards-aligned computerized adaptive assessments that provide accurate, useful information about student achievement and growth. BPS students in grades 3-9 are assessed in reading and math each fall and spring. Students in grades 2, 10-12 are assessed in reading and math during the spring testing window with fall testing being optional. The winter testing window and Language Arts assessment are optional for all students in grade 2-11.

The MAP website is located at http://www.nwea.org

MAP Primary

MAP Primary is a computerized assessment system that includes screenings in early literacy and numeracy; diagnostic skills checklists in math and reading; and an adaptive survey with goals that is the precursor to MAP (used in grades 2-12). Students in grades K-2 are assessed with MAP Primary Goals Survey, which established a baseline RIT score in kindergarten

Students receiving special services may also take MAP Primary in place of regular MAP in grades 2-12.

The MAP Primary website is located at http://www.nwea.org


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a federal assessment conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, and other subjects. The purpose of NAEP is to gather objective data regarding the condition and progress of education across the states. NAEP is a congressionally mandated project for the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). NAEP is given in grades 4 & 8. Bismarck Schools participates in NAEP when requested by the NCES, with the most recent NAEP assessment given in 2008-09.

Additional information regarding NAEP can be found at: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/


The North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) assesses achievement in reading/language arts and mathematics of students in grades 3-8 and 11. The NDSA also assesses science for grades 4, 8 and 11. The NDSA achievement results are reported by content area, standard, and benchmark, at the student, classroom, grade, building, district, and state level.

NDSA is given every spring in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11. Reports for adequate yearly progress for schools and the district are received from the state each summer/early fall.

The NDSA is aligned to state content standards which can be found on the Department of Public Instruction website at


The PLAN consists of curriculum-based tests in English, math, reading, science that cover the skills and knowledge commonly taught in schools and judged to be important for success in both high school and college. The tests measure what students know and what they are able to do with their knowledge and are closely tied to the ACT tests. The results can be used to help students plan for the rest of their high school years and beyond. An interest inventory also helps students explore personally relevant career options.

The PLAN test is given to all current sophomores in the fall of each year. High school counselors visit with students and parents to explain individual results.

The PLAN website is located at http://www.act.org/plan


The Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is a national standardized test that measures critical reading skills; math problem solving skills; and writing skills. The purpose of the PSAT is to prepare students for the SAT & ACT college readiness tests, as well as enter students for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. PSAT is optional, and is given in the fall of each year.

Additional information regarding the PSAT/NMSQT can be found at: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/

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