The Assessment Unit supervises the development, implementation, and evaluation of the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA), the statewide assessments that measure student performance against the state’s challenging content and achievement standards in select academic subjects and grades. The NDSA consists of general, criterion-referenced assessments for all students in grades 3-8 and 10 in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, and in grades 4, 8, and 11 in science. The Assessment Unit administers all aspects of the NDSA, ensuring that each assessment meets rigorous program requirements for validity and reliability, inclusion, technical quality, and reporting, as required under federally mandated peer review specifications. The annual administration of the NDSA is required under state (N.D.C.C. 15.1-21-08) and federal law.
The NDSA in English language arts/literacy and mathematics is aligned to North Dakota State content standards. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction contracts with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to manage the statewide administration of the annual NDSA English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments.
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction contracts with Data Recognition Corporation, Maple Grove, MN, to manage the statewide administration of the annual NDSA science assessments.