Proposed standards outline effective teaching
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A work group has recommended the adoption of Charlotte Danielson’s framework as the standards for teaching in South Dakota. The expectation is that the standards would be used to help teachers grow in their profession.

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Board adopts Common Core standards for English, math
South Dakota has joined at least 39 other states in adopting the Common Core State Standards. The South Dakota Board of Education voted to adopt the standards for English language arts and math at a meeting Nov. 29.
Harms joins staff as Title I director
Dr. Kristine Harms has joined the Department of Education as the state’s new Title I director.

State’s NAEP pilot scores among best
South Dakota’s 12th grade reading and math scores are well above the national average, according to the National Assessment Governing Board.

Grants available for out-of-school-time programs
Applications for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants are now being accepted. Deadline to apply is Feb. 18, 2011.

Work group to determine ACCESS exit criteria
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Teachers are needed to shape the future of South Dakota’s exit criteria for the ACCESS, which is used to evaluate the progress of English language learners.

Orders for large print, Braille textbooks due soon
Jan. 15, 2011, is the deadline for schools to order textbooks in alternative formats for the 2011-12 school year.