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Questar Assessment to Administer South Dakota’s
Online State Test of Educational Progress in Science


Location: Apple Valley, MN

Date: October 30, 2014

The South Dakota Department of Education has chosen Questar Assessment Inc. to administer the online versions of its Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (DSTEP) and Alternate (DSTEP-A) science assessments for grades five, eight, and 11. The assessment contract encompasses three testing cycles — 2015, 2016, and 2017 — and will evaluate the progress of approximately 10,000 students per grade, or 30,000 total, each year.

Questar Assessment will use its highly-advanced online testing platform to deliver both the DSTEP and DSTEP-A. This web-enabled system features the market’s largest item bank of student accommodations and technology-enhanced items (TEIs) and the company is ISM APIP- and QTI-certified to address increasingly stringent assessment standards. Questar Assessment’s online system promises an equitable testing experience for all of South Dakota’s fifth, eighth and 11th graders.

“Preparations are underway for the DSTEP and DSTEP-A science assessments, which will be administered in March and April of 2015,” said Jamie Post Candee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Questar Assessment Inc. “Between our industry-leading online testing platform and impeccable scoring services, we look forward to providing South Dakota’s students and educators an exceptional assessment experience.”

In the past five years, Questar Assessment has provided services related to summative, alternate, and English Language proficiency exams to 33 states and the District of Columbia. Questar Assessment is responsible for test administrations of millions of students annually.

About Questar Assessment, Inc.

Questar Assessment, Inc. is a leading educational assessment provider for states, schools, and school districts. Headquartered in Minnesota, Questar offers comprehensive custom assessment services—from large-scale statewide assessment programs to alternate, modified, and English language proficiency assessments. Questar provides complete, end-to-end services designed to address all aspects of assessment: from test design, development, calibration, and psychometric services to print production, distribution, scanning, scoring, reporting, and data analysis. Questar also offers customized online testing services to schools and educational entities in the K–12 market. For further information, visit or call 1-800-800-2598.