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
House Bill (HB) 1389 went into effect August 1, 2017. This bill states, “A student's parent may direct the school district in which the student is enrolled not to administer to the student any state test or state assessment required in accordance with section 15.1-21-08.”
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has provided a standard form to districts to be used in obtaining a parent directive to withhold administration of a student assessment. This form is required to be on a district’s website.
Parents will need to complete an individual form for each student and each assessment from which they wish to be exempt, as well as the school year in which they are requesting exemption. The form is to be completed each year by the parent in order for the student to be exempt in the current school year. School districts are required to retain the form in the student’s file and to report this information. Parental Directive reporting is available throughout the school year. Districts will need to work with their schools to report any Parental Directive data directly in their STARS Enrollment Report.
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has contracted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) for the development of a new online assessment system to replace the NDSA for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The first online assessment was administered in the spring of 2018, and has been aligned to the ELA and mathematics standards adopted in April 2017.
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.
Mathematics NDSA Cut Scores
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English Language Arts NDSA Cut Scores
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Sample Student Report for the North Dakota State Assessment - Presents a sample NDSA student report along with explanations of report elements.
Please see the NDSA Portal for more information on these samples.
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