Administrative Rule Waivers

A school district may apply for a waiver from an administrative rule governing school accreditation in order to implement an alternative plan to meet the administrative rule that will better meet local learning goals, enhance educational opportunities, promote equity, or increase accountability. The most common reason for applying for such a waiver is to offer a high school level course, taught by a high school certified teacher, to students below grade nine for high school graduation credit.

School districts may choose to use a state-created exam for End of Course and Course Equivalency Waivers for the following courses: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Physical Science, Spanish I, and Civics/Government.


Beginning Spring Semester 2016-2017, the SDDOE will collect learner outcome data annually from school districts that currently hold ARSD waiver(s) for high school credit.

Current Approved Waivers
ARSD 24:43:01:01 (53) Unit of Credit ARSD 24:43:02:03 District Improvement Plan
ARSD 24:43:02:08 Plan of Intent ARSD 24:43:09:03 Certificate
ARSD 24:43:10:01 Instructional Staff ARSD 24:43:11:01 Credit before Grade 9 / ARSD 24:43:11:09 Credit by Exam
ARSD 24:17:03:10 Report Educational Structure Data ARSD 24:43:11:07 Required High School Unit Offerings
Application Forms for Waiver from ARSD
Waiver Application – Generic
Waiver Application – Plan of Intent (Teacher - 3rd Year)
Waiver Application - High School Credit Before Grade Nine
Waiver Application – Credit by Equivalency Exam


For questions relating to ARSD Waivers, email:
Read the Rules Governing Waivers