South Dakota Social Work Licensing Examination Outcomes

Year # of Writers # Passed % Total Writers Passed National % Passed
2010
Restesters*
Overall
14
0
14
13
0
13
93%
N/A
93%
78%
33%
69%
2011
Restesters*
Overall
11
1
12
10
1
11
91%
100%
92%
78%
38%
71%
2012
Retesters*
Overall
9
2
11
7
2
9
78%
100%
82%
77%
37%
70%
2013
Retesters*
Overall
12
0
12
11
0
11
92%
N/A
92%
78%
35%
71%
2014
Retesters*
Overall
7
4
11
4
1
5
57%
25%
45%
78%
38%
71%
2015
Retesters*
Overall
11
3
14
10
2
12
91%1
67%
86%
78%
41%
71%
2016
Retesters*
Overall
10
0
10
8
0
8
80%
N/A
80%
77%
40%
70%
2015-2016
Retesters*
Overall
74
10
84
63
6
69
85%
60%
82%
78%
37%
70%

NOTE: The ASWB allows for the release of pass rate data to graduates’ respective social work program. This a recent practice, thus rates are available beginning with the 2010 reporting cycle (2009 graduates).

The Association of Social Work Boards does not place emphasis on bachelor’s programs because many jurisdictions do not license B.S.W.-level social workers. USD’s B.S. in social work graduates about 30 students per year. The numbers presented above reflect a small percentage of the graduates from the program. The undergraduate faculty will incorporate more testing in courses to acclimate students to timed testing situations. In addition, the program will begin to offer graduating seniors a licensing test workshop, which will better prepare them for the baccalaureate social work examination.

1A member of the social work faculty affiliated with the ASWB conducted licensing preparation workshops for Bachelor of Science in social work students. This may account for a rebound in scores this past year.

2017-2018: Data is not yet available.

* Includes 1st and subsequent retesters