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Welcome to the Department of Education's press room. Here you will find the latest news relating to education in South Dakota. If you need background or statistics for a story or an expert to help interpret the information, contact Mary Stadick Smith, communications director, at (605) 773-7228.


August 8, 2018
Education department announces guidelines for 2018-19 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals.
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July 16, 2018
Board adopts changes to state graduation requirements
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements at its meeting earlier today, with an amendment directing the South Dakota Department of Education to review the requirements again after Jan. 1, 2026.
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July 11, 2018
South Dakota receives highest ratings under IDEA
South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2016. The state is one of only 14 across the country to meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA under both Parts B and C, according to information released recently from the U.S. Department of Education.
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June 26, 2018
14 afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of 14 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year’s grant recipients join 24 existing grant recipients to serve a combined total of 54 sites statewide.
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June 6, 2018
Public invited to comment on proposed changes to state graduation requirements
The public is encouraged to engage in the statewide conversation about proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements. The official public comment period on the related administrative rule changes is now open.
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May 30, 2018
How to find Summer Food Service sites for kids in your community
Children age 18 and younger may receive a meal free of charge at participating sites, which include organizations such as nonprofits, schools, libraries and local governments.
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May 29, 2018
Special education report now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online.
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May 25, 2018
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Fifteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2018. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.
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May 21, 2018
Braille & Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program kicks off June 3
"Libraries Rock" is the theme of the 2018 South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program. This year’s program will run from June 3 to July 14 and is open to all youth registered with the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library ages birth to 19.
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May 16, 2018
BOTE hears graduate outcomes report and approves new technical institute programs
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Technical Education heard a report on job placement of technical institute graduates.
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May 8, 2018
Board holds first reading of proposal to update graduation requirements
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held a first reading of proposed changes to state graduation requirements at its meeting today.
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May 7, 2018
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.
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May 1, 2018
Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 4
May 4 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals. The South Dakota Department of Education invites students, school staff, parents and communities to thank their local school lunch and breakfast staff.
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April 10, 2018
South Dakota NAEP scores hold steady
South Dakota’s math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress remain at or above the national average.
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April 5, 2018
South Dakota celebrating National Library Week April 8-14
April 8-14 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the ways libraries lead their communities through services, programs and expertise.
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March 27, 2018
Tech institute tuition and state fees set for 2018-19
The South Dakota Board of Technical Education approved 2018-19 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes at its meeting today. The overall cost per credit hour will be $157.
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March 19, 2018
Board adopts new content standards in several subject areas
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in six subject areas at its meeting today.
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Feb. 9, 2018
Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 30 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 6-7, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.
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Feb. 8, 2018
Newly accredited public libraries to be honored in Capitol rotunda
Twelve South Dakota public libraries have been accredited by the State Library in 2018. They will be honored in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda Feb. 13, at 3:15 pm CST.
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Jan. 31, 2018
Consider starting a Summer Food Service Program in your community
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
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Jan. 17, 2018
U.S. Department of Education approves South Dakota’s ESSA plan
“South Dakota’s plan reflects the state goal of ensuring that every student is provided the opportunity to be successful after high school,” said Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard.
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Jan. 10, 2018
Historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 available online from State Library
The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 to the library's digital collections site.
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Jan. 8, 2018
Five South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Five South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 5,461 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2017.
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Jan. 4, 2018
Middle school math teacher in Harrisburg receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Carla Diede, a National Board Certified math teacher at Harrisburg South Middle School, is South Dakota’s newest recipient of a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”
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Jan. 3, 2018
Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.
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