South Dakota

South Dakota Highly Qualified Status (Special Education)

Visit the Office of Teacher Quality for more information on becoming highly qualified in South Dakota.

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis® tests (see Calculator Use).

If you test in South Dakota, your score report will be sent automatically to the South Dakota Department of Education. If you test outside of South Dakota, select the South Dakota Department of Education (state code 8112) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary K–8 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.)
Through 8/31/2015.
5014 140
or
Middle School: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5146 141
Test 5146 may be taken if the Special Education teacher is providing services for students in an elementary and/or middle school attendance center.
General Science 7–12 (for Special Education) General Science: Content Knowledge2 5435 143
The General Science: Content Knowledge test will meet the requirements for attaining highly qualified status for those Special Education teachers who provide direct instruction for students in middle and high school.
Middle School 5–8 Middle School: Content Knowledge1 (Calculator allowed.) 5146 141
or select the appropriate content test:
Middle School English Language Arts 5047 164
Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 165
Middle School Science 5440 150
Middle School Social Studies 5089 145
The Middle School: Content Knowledge test may be taken if the Special Education teacher is providing services at both the elementary and middle school level. These tests will not add any additional endorsements on a certificate.
High School 9–12 English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge3 5038 167
and
Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 143
High School 9–12 Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge4 (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
Social Science Education: Composite 7–12 (for Special Education) Social Studies: Content Knowledge2 5081 146
The Social Studies: Content Knowledge test will meet the requirements for attaining highly qualified status for those Special Education teachers who provide direct instruction for students in middle and high school.
All Grades and World Languages (See test requirements.)

1 Teachers will acquire highly qualified status in special education only — no endorsement added. The Department of Education will no longer use the Middle School: Content Knowledge Praxis II® (5146) content test to determine highly qualified status at the high school level.

2 The Department of Education will no longer be awarding the "group endorsement package" for regular education candidates based on the generalist test. Those candidates graduating within a special education preparation can still use the generalist tests in these areas to prove content competency when they have to provide the direct instruction, although the endorsements will not be added to their certificates upon passage of the exam.

3 The 5038 test will also allow secondary level teachers to teach Language Arts at the middle school level without taking the 5047 Middle School Language Arts test.

4 The 5161 test will also allow secondary teachers to teach math at the middle school level without taking the 5169 Middle School Mathematics test.

This page is a supplement to The Praxis Series® Information Bulletin.

 

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