ESEA Reauthorization: Where are we headed?
The Obama Administration has released its “blueprint” for ESEA reauthorization. What’s in it? This article summarizes some of the major concepts.

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2010 Legislature:
Per-student allocation stays steady

Legislators returned to Pierre earlier this week to finalize the state budget. K-12 education will not receive an increase in funding for FY 2011. The Legislature also approved cuts to the Digital Dakota Network, or DDN, and the Education Service Agencies.
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Common Core State Standards:
Aim is to provide rigor, consistency

A draft of the Common Core State Standards was released last month. How do they match up with South Dakota's standards? Learn more.

NAEP reading scores released, South Dakota ahead of national average
South Dakota's 8th grade NAEP reading scores rank among the nation's highest. Fourth-grade scores also are higher than the national average, but the gap appears to be closing.

Teachers get paid to review Dakota STEP
Do you have teachers with strong opinions about the Dakota STEP? Would they like to have a say in what goes on the test? Here's their chance to have an impact and make a little money in the process!

Administrators asked to report on libraries
The State Library is asking school districts to complete a short school library survey by May 31. Superintendents: Watch your mail for instructions on how to access the online survey.

Give "kudos" to bus drivers
The South Dakota School Transportation Association will recognize school bus drivers again this year. Drivers will be recognized in three categories, including Driver of the Year.

i3 grants to support innovation
Individual school districts or groups of districts can apply for Investing in Innovation grants. Projects that address four priorities - one of which is "serving schools in rural areas" - will receive competitive preference.