- Assessment and Accountability Reporting
- Schools in Motion

Assessment and Accountability Reporting

Just a reminder: schools should have the report/letter out to parents within 30 days of the start of school. If districts/schools sent out letters or email notifications to parents, please be sure to have documentation to show how that information went to parents. If you have any questions, call Betsy Chapman at (605) 773-4712 or for more information go to

Schools in Motion

These days, it seems like everything is about the Common Core State Standards. The CCSS Mission Statement articulates that “the standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” With that in mind, in the fall of 2012, the Family Math Night planning team at Black Hawk Elementary School thought that a “Math in the Real World” themed family math night would be a perfect way to educate families about the CCSS, while still providing a fun evening.

We organized 10 stations, each one developed around a math concept used in a hobby or occupation. We invited volunteers from various companies or agencies to work with teachers at the stations. With community volunteers from the construction industry, students learned to make scale house drawings. A game warden from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks helped students explore what happens when ponds are overfished, to measure and weigh fish to determine if they are “keepers,” and to figure out the number of deer tags that should be given out in a season. Our school liaison officer helped students to measure skid marks from toy cars as part of accident reconstruction. At the bank, local bankers worked with students to count money and to make bank deposits and withdrawals. At the pizza restaurant, students created and used a pizza fraction model. At the veterinary clinic, they counted out dog treats and measured an appropriate amount of dog food for different sizes of (stuffed) dogs. In the garden, students counted seeds and calculated the area and perimeter of different-sized gardens. Students also had the opportunity to create quilt block designs and to practice their cooking skills as they measured ingredients to make pudding and flavored milk. Families could also visit the computer lab to engage in simulations of how math is used in the real world (e.g., restaurants, stores, etc.).

Feedback from students, their families and community members was positive. It was amazing to see how engaged the families were as they explored the way math is used in the real world. Math=Relevant=Fun

Kim Webber, Math Teacher Leader, Black Hawk, SD

Fall 2013