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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.

Oct. 19, 2012
New accountability system identifies top-performing, focus schools
Twenty-three elementary and middle schools and seven high schools have earned top spots under the state’s new accountability system. more >>

Oct. 11, 2012
Anderson selected as 2013 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
East Middle School science and reading teacher Katie Anderson, of Rapid City, has been selected as the 2013 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. more >>

Oct. 10, 2012
Partnership to expand title selection for visually impaired
Visually impaired South Dakotans should soon have access to an expanded selection of local and regional titles in talking book format, thanks to a new partnership between the South Dakota State Library and the Siouxland Libraries in Sioux Falls. more >>

Sept. 25, 2012
Technical institutes see record enrollment
South Dakota’s four technical institutes have achieved another enrollment milestone, collectively topping the 6,200 mark this fall for the first time ever. more >>

Sept. 18, 2012
Indian Education Summit to feature national experts
The 2012 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 23-25 at Cedar Shore Resort at Oacoma. more >>

Aug. 22, 2012
State’s ACT scores steady, Still above national average
South Dakota’s average composite ACT score remains unchanged from last year at 21.8, where it has been for the past three years. The national average was also unchanged from a year ago, sitting at 21.1 as it has for four of the past five years. more >>

Aug. 14, 2012
State Report Card now available, Test scores remain steady
The 2012 Report Card, which details student progress on South Dakota’s state assessment, is now available online. more >>

July 16, 2012
Board approves new program option for Lake Area Tech The South Dakota Board of Education has approved the addition of an Emergency Medical Specialist option for second-year Medical/Fire Rescue students at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. more >>

July 16, 2012
Board approves school library self-assessment
The South Dakota Board of Education formally endorsed a self-assessment tool based on the South Dakota School Library Guidelines at a regularly scheduled meeting Monday. more >>

July 16, 2012
Rule change would delay implementation of new standards for teaching
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved an administrative rule change that would delay a requirement that school districts evaluate teachers based on the standards for teaching approved by the board a year ago. more >>

July 16, 2012
Online programs helping high school students succeed
The South Dakota Board of Education received updates Monday during its regularly scheduled meeting on two online programs that create rigor and relevance for high school students. more >>

July 13, 2012
South Dakota gets high marks for special education, Birth-to-3 services
Once again, South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for fiscal year 2010. more >>

June 29, 2012
State’s NCLB waiver proposal receives approval
South Dakota’s waiver for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education. more >>

June 22, 2012
South Dakota receives grant to upgrade student data management
South Dakota has been awarded one of 24 state-level grants from the Institute of Education Sciences. more >>

June 1, 2012
Special education reports now available online
Information about South Dakota school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online. more >>

May 25, 2012
Grant expands to include new after-school programs
Three new 21st Century Community Learning Center grants will be awarded this year in South Dakota and six other grants will be renewed, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today. more >>

May 17, 2012
Students awarded Hagen-Harvey Scholarships
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says seven Native American students have been chosen to receive Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarships for the 2012-13 school year. more >>

May 10, 2012
Science scores still near top, though relatively unchanged
South Dakota eighth-grade students are ahead of their peers when it comes to the latest science scores – which are good, but virtually unchanged – as measured by the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress. more >>

April 11, 2012
2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results released
The 2011 South Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report was released today. more >>

March 19, 2012
Tech Institutes: Placement remains high, slight bump in state fees
Monday’s meeting of the South Dakota Board of Education dealt almost exclusively with the work of the state’s four technical institutes. more >>

February 7, 2012
Student leaders shadow state legislators in Pierre
The capital city welcomed about 40 student leaders from across the state today for Legislative Shadow Day. more >>

Feb. 1, 2012
Partners needed for program that feeds children
When school is in session, 58,974 South Dakota children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. During the summer, those kids are still in need of healthy meals. more >>

Jan. 13, 2012
South Dakota public libraries recognized for accreditation efforts
Fourteen South Dakota libraries were accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2011, under a new system of tiered accreditation. more >>

Jan. 12, 2012
Survey compares education indicators, ranks states
A survey released today by Education Week gives South Dakota an overall grade of D+ for indicators in five areas. more >>

Jan. 6, 2012
Grants available to fund after-school programs
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are now available online. more >>

Jan. 4, 2012
Applications open for National Youth Science Camp
Two South Dakota high school seniors will have an opportunity to travel to West Virginia for the annual National Youth Science Camp, a residential science education program. more >>