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South Dakota Board of Regents

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: Both 2 Year and 4 Year Sectors
Policy Status: In Place
The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

System Policy

When the policy was first adopted: 2016
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Mandatory
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Uniform

Do the measures vary or are they uniform across degrees/pathways?

Vary; Student wishing to enroll in a math course above the level of college algebra must take the COMPASS or Accuplacer.

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • reading
  • writing
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, COMPASS
High School Achievement Measures Smarter Balanced, High School GPA (Math only)
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests None
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

Yes; the state has included the Smarter Balanced test as of fall 2015.

Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?

Yes

The placement process using these measures:

English: For all students with valid ACT or Smarter Balanced Assessment scores, the English/Language Arts scores will be used to determine placement into the initial English course. Valid ACT or Smarter Balanced Assessment scores are those scores that were earned by the student within five years of the date of initial enrollment. Students without valid ACT or Smarter Balanced Assessment scores must take the COMPASS or ACCUPLACER Writing placement exams.

Math: For all students with valid ACT scores and High School GPA, a Mathematics Index score will be calculated to determine placement into the initial mathematics courses. Placement into Math 123 requires both the approved Math Index score and an appropriate ACCUPLACER Calculus score. Students without valid ACT must sit for the ACCUPLACER mathematics placement exams.

Multiple measures policy documents: