K-12 Education Package

One of the centerpieces of the 2016 K-12 Education Package was the goal of achieving a statewide average teacher salary of $48,500. As part of the fiscal year 2016 and 2017 annual financial reports, each district has now submitted its teacher compensation data. All districts have reported the FTE, contracted salary and benefits for each eligible teacher. From this information, an average teacher salary, average teacher compensation and total compensation amount has been calculated and the 2017 accountability targets determined. For the accountability requirements, see SDCL 13-13-73.6.

For guidance on which teachers are to be considered in determining accountability and how this data collection may differ from data reported on the Personnel Record Form, visit our School Finance webpage.

For further information regarding the teacher compensation accountability process, see the School Finance Accountability Board webpage.

FY2017 Teacher Compensation & Accountability Data
PRELIMINARY FY2017 Teacher Compensation, by District
FINAL FY2017 Teacher Compensation, by District (as of June 2018)


The 2016 legislative session was a historic one. Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed, and the Legislature approved, a K-12 education package aimed at increasing the statewide average teacher salary, and recruiting and retaining high quality teachers in the state. The package encompassed HB 1182, SB 131 and SB 133.

HB 1182
The education funding package hinged on HB 1182, a bill that increases the state sales tax by one-half cent. That increase is expected to raise $67 million for K-12 education, $36 million for property tax relief, and $3 million for improving instructor salaries at the four technical institutes.

SB 131
This bill contains the mechanics of the new funding formula. See Funding Formula memo for detailed information.

SB 133
This bill focuses on voluntary shared services among school districts, classroom innovation grants, an expansion of course offerings through Northern State University’s E-Learning Center, and a mentoring program for first- and second-year teachers.

The Governor’s education package also includes funds to reinstate the bonus for teachers who chose to earn National Board Certification.

Accountability Calculator Funding Formula Memo
Funding Formula FAQs: Updated 9/28/2018 Select Other Revenues
Governor’s Column 3/14/2016 District Accountability Targets


For questions about the 2016 Education Package, please contact the Secretary’s Office at (605) 773-5669.