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2010 Report Card:
Schools tackle AYP and student proficiency

Ninety-five percent of public school districts made adequate yearly progress for 2009-10. Student proficiency grew to 76 percent in both reading and math, and 99 percent of core content classes were led by teachers deemed "highly qualified."
New data collection rules in place
Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, new Administrative Rules regarding student data apply. One deadline is approaching at the end of this month.

Board considers changes to end-of-course exams, health education standards
At its meeting July 27, the South Dakota Board of Education moved two items to public hearing.

Title Consolidated Reviews scheduled for 2010-11
Is your district up for a Title Consolidated Review? Check out the schedule for the next two years.

Writing contest to promote Year of Unity
This fall, school districts across the state can participate in the Year of Unity Writing Contest. Students will be asked to craft a message of unity for all people.

Apex AP courses for fall 2010 now open
Registration for 2010-11 online Advanced Placement courses is now available through South Dakota Virtual School. Counselors should have received information about the ongoing Apex program.

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