Master of Social Work - South Dakota Social Work Licensing Examination

Year # of Writers # Passed % Total Writers Passed National % Passed
20122
Retesters*
Overall
9
0
9
9
0
9
100%
N/A
100%
84%
35%
72%
2013
Retesters*
Overall
7
0
7
6
0
6
86%
N/A
86%
82%
31%
71%
2014
Retesters*
Overall
19
1
20
16
1
17
84%
100%
85%
82%
33%
71%
2015
Retesters*
Overall
24
1
25
19
1
20
79%3
100%
80%
81%
29%
69%
2016
Retesters*
Overall
42
6
48
38
2
40
90%
33%
83%
81%
32%
70%
2010-2016
Retesters*
Overall
101
8
109
88
4
92
87%
50%
84%
82%
32%
71%

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 2013 reporting cycle (2012 graduates).

2The first cohort of M.S.W. students did not graduate until August 2012. There are no test scores before 2012.

3Variation in scores from 2014 to 2015 is not statistically significant.

2017-2018: Data is not yet available.

* Includes first and subsequent retesters

Master of Social Work - Clinical Examination Outcomes

Year # of Writers # Passed % Total Writers Passed National % Passed
20145
Retesters*
Overall
1
0
1
0
0
0
0%
N/A
0%
78%
38%
67%
2015
Retesters*
Overall
3
2
5
3
1
4
100%
50%
80%
76%
35%
64%
2016
Retesters*
Overall
5
0
5
5
0
5
100%
N/A
100%
78%
36%
67%
2010-2016
Retesters*
Overall
9
2
11
8
1
9
88%
50%
82%
77%
36%
66%

Note: The Association of Social Work Boards (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 2013 reporting cycle (2012 graduates).

4The clinical examination is taken by graduates who have completed a minimum of two years of full-time, appropriate supervised post-M.S.W. employment as a licensed social work at the Certified Social Worker (CSW) level. Upon successful completion of the test and other requirements, the individual then receives the designation as a Certified Social Worker in Private or Independent Practice (CSW-PIP). In 2014, only one M.S.W. program graduate took the clinical exam and did not pass. In 2015, three individuals took the clinical exam for the first time and passed it. Two individuals re-took the exam, and one passed; the other did not. We do not know if the individual who took and failed the test in 2014 was one of the two people who retook the exam in 2015. Department faculty will reach out to M.S.W. program graduates and invite them to participate in the licensing preparation workshop offered each spring semester. Test preparation will include the clinical exam.

5The first cohort of M.S.W. students graduated in 2012. Because it takes a minimum of two years for graduates to become eligible to take the clinical exam, we would expect to begin to see scores in the ASWB report show up in 2014 and thereafter. Unless a graduate wants to engage in private or autonomous practice, the advanced clinical license is not required. This may account for the small number of graduates taking the exam.

2017-2018: Data is not yet available.

*Includes first and subsequent retesters