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Understanding the North Dakota State Assessment
Achievement Level Descriptors
External link to detailed documents about achievement levels.
Achievement Level Setting Process for ELA and Math
Video on setting the cut scores for achievement levels.
Understanding the North Dakota State Assessment Student Reports
Interpretation and use of scores and achievement levels
Defines achievement levels, scale scores, and first-year achievement expectations.
A Guide to Understanding and Using the North Dakota State Assessment Student Reports
Questions and answers about student score reports for conversations between educators and parents.
Sample Student Report for the North Dakota State Assessment
Presents a sample NDSA student report along with explanations of report elements.
Great Schools launches guides for parents
GreatKids State Test Guide for Parents
Great Schools has announced the full launch of the GreatKids State Test Guide for Parents, a free, online tool organized by grade and subject to help parents use their state test scores to support their kids at home.
The guide launched for states using Smarter Balanced assessments earlier this year, and the version for states using PARCC tests is now online. The Guide helps provide specific, actionable information for parents, customized to the grade level of their children and described relative to the sections of the tests. It is available in English and Spanish for grades 3-8. To learn more, and use the guide, visit the site
ND Department of Public Instruction Home Page
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 201
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440