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.

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 approves administrative 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
2018 Graduation Requirements Infographic
Implementation of 2018 Graduation Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions: 2018 Graduation Requirements (Updated: 8/22/18)
Proposed Graduation Requirements Background
Graduation Requirements (Updated: 8/22/18)
2018 Graduation Requirements vs. 2009 Graduation Requirements (Updated: 8/22/18)
State-Approved Industry-Recognized Credentials (updated 5/02/18)
Guidelines for Replacing Science Electives with Advanced Computer Science Courses (updated 8/22/18)
Making Sense of South Dakota’s Proposed Graduation Requirements
Disabilities Policy (Updated Nov 2018)
Graduation Coding Guidance for Students on an IEP
Advising/Transcript Audit Checklist
Advising/Transcript Audit Checklist – including Assessment Scores
PowerPoint Template for Schools on 2018 Graduation Requirements
Questions & Answers on Report Cards and Transcripts for Students with Disabilities

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Course Codes
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Course Requirements to Graduate
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Fine Arts, Science, Social Studies
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Course Content Standards
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