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South Dakota Library Week
April 10-16, 2011

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Nominate teachers for Dakota STEP work groups

Teachers are needed for the Dakota STEP Reading, Mathematics and Science Data Review and Bias and Content Work Groups. Participating teachers must have experience in reading, math or science at one of the grade levels noted below. Special education teachers and teachers of English language learners are needed as well.

The Department of Education will reimburse participants for mileage, meals and lodging (at state rates) and will pay a stipend of $125 per eight-hour workday. The department also will reimburse each participant’s district $70 per day to go toward substitute pay, if necessary.

Data Review Work Groups
The Data Review Work Groups are charged with the important task of reviewing Dakota STEP field test items to determine whether they should be included in future years’ tests.

The Data Review Work Groups will be separated into the following grade spans:
--Reading (grade spans of 3-6; 7-8 and 11)
--Mathematics (grade spans of 3-6; 7-8 and 11)
--Science (grade spans of 5, 8 and 11).

The Data Review work groups will meet July 12, 2011, in Sioux Falls.

Bias and Content Work Groups
The Bias and Content Work Groups are responsible for reviewing test items for grade-appropriate content and for identifying and eliminating bias to ensure that test questions are sensitive to the diverse circumstances of all students.

The Bias and Content work groups will be separated into the following grade spans:
--Reading (grade spans of 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 11)
--Mathematics (grade spans of 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 11)
--Science (grade span of 5 and 8; 11).
Bias and Content work groups will meet July 13-14, 2011, in Sioux Falls. The Reading, Mathematics and Science grade 11 group will meet only July 13.


Participants will be notified with more details via e-mail once the work group has been selected in early May.

To nominate one of your teachers for this important work, click on the appropriate link below. Nominations must be received by April 29.

Click here to nominate teachers that are interested in participating in the Reading Data Review.

Click here to nominate teachers that are interested in participating in the Mathematics Data Review.

Click here to nominate teachers that are interested in participating in the Science Data Review.

Click here to nominate teachers that are interested in participating in the Reading Bias and Content Review for grades 3-8.

Click here to nominate teachers that are interested in participating in the Reading Bias and Content Review for grade 11.

Click here to nominate teachers that are interested in participating in the Mathematics Bias and Content Review for grades 3-8.

Click here to nominate teachers that are interested in participate in the Mathematics Bias and Content Review for grade 11.

Click here to nominate teachers that are interested in participating in the Science Bias and Content Review for grades 5 and 8.

Click here to nominate teachers that are interested in participating in the Science Bias and Content Review for grade 11.

Questions can be directed to Gay Pickner, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-3247 or Gay.Pickner@state.sd.us.