Proposed High School Graduation Requirements (2018)

South Dakota’s graduation requirements have been in place since 2009. Those requirements are outlined in South Dakota Administrative Rule 24:43:11. A proposal to revise the state’s graduation requirements was vetted across the state. The proposal was developed as a means to provide flexibility for students to meet their postsecondary and career aspirations within a framework of general graduation requirements. The flexibility is aimed at better supporting schools to provide opportunities to meet students’ diverse interests and goals. Along with that, the proposal allows more opportunities for students to explore post-secondary and work-based opportunities while they are still secondary students.

The proposal was passed by the Board of Education Standards after a public hearing on July 16. Questions abou the proposal can be directed to

Proposed Graduation Requirements Timeline

July 16, 2018: Board of Education Standards adopts proposed changes to state graduation requirements

Aug. 20, 2018: State legislature’s Interim Rules Committee reviews administrative rule changes related to graduation requirements

If Interim Rules Committee approves rule changes related to graduation requirements
The South Dakota Department of Education will begin distributing supporting materials for implementation of the new graduation requirements as soon as possible.

Fall 2018: Soft implementation of new state graduation requirements

Districts may do the following:

  • Districts may choose to fully implement the new graduation requirements immediately
  • Districts may continue to follow previous state graduation requirements (adopted in 2009)
  • Districts may implement the new graduation requirements for students of their choosing and continue using the 2009 graduation requirements for other students

Fall 2020: Advanced endorsements earned must be noted on the student transcripts.

Documents and Links
Implementation of 2018 Graduation Requirements
Proposed Graduation Requirements Background
Proposed Graduation Requirements (Updated: 6/5/18)
Proposed Requirements vs. Current Requirements (Updated: 6/5/18)
Frequently Asked Questions: Graduation Requirements Proposal (Updated: 4/17/18)
State-Approved Industry-Recognized Credentials (updated 5/02/18)
Guidelines for Replacing Science Electives with Advanced Computer Science Courses (updated 8/9/18)
Making Sense of South Dakota’s Proposed Graduation Requirements

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