The NDDPI supervises the development, implementation, and evaluation of the NDSA, the statewide assessment that measures 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 10 in science. The NDDPI administers all aspects of the NDSA, ensuring that each assessment meets rigorous program requirements for validity and reliability, inclusion, technical quality, and reporting.
- Go to the NDSA Portal
- Log in to the Online Reporting System (ORS)
- Select RETRIEVE STUDENT RESULTS
- Create a new data file by completing STEP 1 and STEP 2
- In STEP 1, choose "PDFs of Student Reports" from the "Report Type" drop down menu
- Click on "Export to Inbox" button
- You will receive an e-mail from the NDSA Service Center when your file is ready to download
Discussion points about using the American Institute for Research (AIR) to provide the ND State Assessment in math and English:
- American Institutes for Research (AIR) is the vendor that will develop North Dakota's new standardized state tests in math and English.
- They will replace North Dakota's previous standardized tests, which were developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The Smarter Balanced tests were often call the "Common Core" tests.
- North Dakota withdrew from Smarter Balanced on June 30.
- North Dakota's new English and math standards were written by North Dakota teachers, not by Common Core.
- The Smarter Balanced tests were based on the Common Core standards. North Dakota is no longer a member of Smarter Balanced.
- All of the companies that bid for North Dakota's testing business had connections to the Common Core State Standards. They were the standards in most of the nation for nearly a decade. They represented a large market that no assessment company could ignore.
- When the NDDPI advertised for a provider for new state assessments in math and English, we understood the connections that vendors would have to Smarter Balanced tests and Common Core. That is why we specified that no testing company could use Smarter Balanced test questions in our North Dakota math and English assessments. This was confirmed again in our "best and final offer" requirement and will be included in our contract.
- AIR was founded in 1946, decades before Smarter Balanced or Common Core existed.
- State law requires that bidders on a state contract be informed about how much influence the bidder's price will have in deciding which bidder gets the contract. This was fully disclosed during the process.
- The NDDPI is committed to being a wise steward of taxpayer dollars. Superintendent Baesler cannot ignore the cost factor of a contract.
- AIR's base contract rate for five years was $2.4 million less than the next highest bidder (Measured Progress) and $3.98 million less than Questar. That was a significant factor in AIR's favor.
- North Dakota schools began using our new math and English standards this year. The standards were written by groups of North Dakota math and English teachers. The new AIR tests will measure how wells students have been learning classroom material that is based on the new North Dakota standards.
- Until now, North Dakota State Assessment questions in math and English have been supplied by Smarter Balanced and administered by a New Hampshire company called Measured Progress. AIR will replace both Smarter Balanced and Measured Progress.
- AIR will write the assessments, distribute them to North Dakota schools, oversee their administration, and provide "help-desk" services to answer questions about testing procedures.
- State Assessment Under ESSA
Lexile and Quantile Measures in North Dakota
The LexileR Framework for Reading, commonly referred to as the Lexile Framework, has been linked to the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) in English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 3 - 8 and high school. Similarly, The QuantileR Framework for Mathematics has been linked to the NDSA in grades 3 - 8 and high school. Students in North Dakota also may be receiving Lexile and Quantile measures from a variety of different tests and programs used within their local schools. With Lexile and Quantile measures, educators and parents can spur and support student learning.
What is a Lexile measure?
There are two kinds of LexileR measures: Lexile student measures and Lexile text measures. Lexile student measures describe how strong of a reader a child is. Lexile text measures describe how difficult, or complex, a text like a book or magazine article is. Lexile measures are expressed as numeric measures followed by a "L" (for example, 850L), and represent a position on the Lexile scale. Comparing a student's Lexile measure with the Lexile measure of what he is reading help to gauge the "fit" between a student's ability and the difficulty of text. Lexile measures provide a scientific approach for matching students with ability-appropriate texts. Lexile measures help differentiate instruction and monitor growth in reading, putting students on the path to success in school, college and career.
What is a Quantile measure?
Similar to Lexile measures, there are two types of QuantileR measures: a measure for students and a measure for mathematical skills and concepts. The student measure describes what mathematics the student already understands and what mathematics the student will learn in the future. The skill measure describes the difficulty, or demand, in learning that skill. Quantile measures improve mathematics teaching and learning by targeting instruction and monitoring student growth toward learning standards and the interconnectedness of mathematical skills and concepts and identify those elements that are critical to help student learning progress.
Achievement Level Descriptors - English Language Arts
- Grade 3 ELA
- Grade 4 ELA
- Grade 5 ELA
- Grade 6 ELA
- Grade 7 ELA
- Grade 8 ELA
- Grade 10 ELA
Achievement Level Descriptors - Mathematics
- Grade 3 Math
- Grade 4 Math
- Grade 5 Math
- Grade 6 Math
- Grade 7 Math
- Grade 8 Math
- Grade 10 Math
Mathematics NDSA Cut Scores
|Grade 3||Grade 4||Grade 5||Grade 6||Grade 7||Grade 8||Grade 10|
English Language Arts NDSA Cut Scores
|Grade 3||Grade 4||Grade 5||Grade 6||Grade 7||Grade 8||Grade 10|
Sample Student Report for the North Dakota State Assessment - Presents a sample NDSA student report along with explanations of report elements.
New Online State Assessment System for ELA and Math
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction administers a state assessment system aligned to the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards adopted in April 2017. The online NDSA is administered to students in grades 3-8 and 10.
Refer to the NDSA Portal, under "Administrative Resources - General Information" for more information on various topics such as the following:
- Test participation rules
- Student report interpretive guides
- Estimated testing times
- Test blueprints
- Writing rubrics
- Writing scoring guides
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction aspires to have all students graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful in whatever they choose to do, whether they pursue a post-secondary degree, enroll in a technical college, enter the workforce or join the military. To ensure students are reaching this goal, state students take part in annual assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science. ELA/Math are given in grades 3-8 and once in high school. Students are assessed in 4, 8, and once in high school for science. Assessment results are used for district and state accountability and to ensure our North Dakota students are mastering state standards.
The new online NDSA Science Assessment will be administered Spring 2020 in grades 4, 8, and 10.
2019-2020 State Testing Dates