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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.



Sept. 18, 2017
2017 South Dakota Report Card to be released
At its meeting earlier today, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards heard state-level results from the 2017 Report Card. The Report Card uses several indicators to measure how schools are performing.
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Sept. 18, 2017
Board holds first public hearing on proposed content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held the first of four public hearings on academic content standards in several subject areas earlier today.
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Sept. 18, 2017
Proactive admissions initiative kicks off in South Dakota
Later this month, qualifying South Dakota public high school seniors will receive letters announcing their guaranteed general acceptance into the state’s public universities and technical institutes.
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Sept. 14, 2017
Indian Education Summit to feature Hattie Kauffman
Longtime CBS broadcaster Hattie Kauffman will be among keynote speakers at the 2017 South Dakota Indian Education Summit to be held Sept. 24-26, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.
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Sept. 7, 2017
Percent of grads taking ACT grows; scores remain above national average
South Dakota saw a significant increase in the percentage of graduating seniors who took the ACT in 2017, while the state’s average composite score remained above the national average and down slightly from 2016.
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Sept. 6, 2017
Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
With the 2017-18 school year underway, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.
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Aug. 28, 2017
Education department announces guidelines for 2017-18 free or reduced school meal programs
The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and/or Special Milk Programs. The administrative office of each school that participates in the Lunch, Breakfast, and/or Milk Program has a copy of the policy available for review.
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July 18, 2017
Board of Technical Education elects officers; appoints committee to hire executive director
The Board of Technical Education held its first official meeting and elected officers today in Rapid City.
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June 26, 2017
Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents updated
An updated version of the Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents in South Dakota is now available on the Department of Education website.
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June 16, 2017
South Dakota receives Farm to School Grant
The South Dakota Department of Education has received a $24,158 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as part of the Farm to School Grant Program, an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers and increase the amount of local foods served in schools.
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June 6, 2017
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Nine school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2017.
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June 5, 2017
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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June 1, 2017
Find Summer Food Service sites for youth with a text or toll-free call
Organizations across South Dakota are serving free meals to the state’s youth this summer as a part of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.
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May 31, 2017
South Dakota releases education plan
South Dakota today released its state plan for education required under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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May 15, 2017
Technical institute graduates enjoy strong job placement; program expansions approved
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Education heard a report on technical institute job placement of graduates.
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May 15, 2017
Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters at its meeting earlier today.
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May 15, 2017
South Dakota to release education plan, Board receives high-level summary
A summary of South Dakota’s plan for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act is now available. It was presented to the state Board of Education at its meeting today in Rapid City.
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May 11, 2017
2017 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Five South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $1,040,000, have been awarded to four South Dakota school districts and one private nonprofit corporation.
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May 10, 2017
Candidates for 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year announced
A statewide panel of educators will select one of these regional finalists to represent the state as the 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.
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May 4, 2017
Gov. Daugaard proclaims May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.
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April 10, 2017
Shared services grants awarded to school districts
Seven proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the latest round of the state’s shared services grant program. The program provides incentives for districts to work together to find ways to increase learning opportunities.
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April 5, 2017
Governor proclaims South Dakota Library Week April 10-16
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed April 10-16, South Dakota Library Week, in honor of the vital and continually evolving role of libraries in schools and communities.
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March 20, 2017
Board adopts new educator certification rules
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new educator certification rules earlier today, overhauling the state’s current certification system.
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March 20, 2017
Tech institute tuition and state fees set; welding certificates added
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved 2017-18 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes.
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Feb. 23, 2017
10 public libraries accredited in 2017
Ten South Dakota public libraries were accredited by the State Library in 2017. They were honored recently in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda, as part of the annual South Dakota Library Association Library Legislative Day.
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Feb. 22, 2017
Two South Dakota schools honored as National Title I Distinguished Schools
Anne Sullivan Elementary (Sioux Falls) and Leola Elementary were among those honored today as National Title I Distinguished Schools at the National Title I Conference in Long Beach, Calif.
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Feb. 10, 2017
Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, more than 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 8-9, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.
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Jan. 31, 2017
Help students by starting a local Summer Food Service Program
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. 19, 2017
Board holds first public hearing on proposed certification rule changes
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of two public hearings on proposed educator certification rule changes earlier today. The proposed rules constitute an overhaul of the state’s certification system.
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Jan. 4, 2017
Fourth grade teacher in Mitchell receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Amanda Christensen, a fourth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Mitchell, has received a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”
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