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State to hold bar steady for school progress determinations
South Dakota schools will be playing by last year’s rules when it comes to the state issuing determinations of adequate yearly progress, or AYP, later this month. On June 29, Secretary of Education Melody Schopp announced that South Dakota will hold its goals for proficiency in reading and math at 2009-10 levels.
Watch for AYP later this month
Preliminary AYP determinations will be available to districts later this month via the online state Report Card. Target date is Friday, July 22.

Fewer rules for schools?
Per Gov. Daugaard’s direction, the department is undertaking a review of education-related statutes, rules, policies and practices. The ultimate goal is fewer, shorter and simpler state regulations.

USDA issues interim rule related to School Food Authority revenue
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its interim rule on school food authority revenue, including paid lunch equity, last month. Learn more.

SD Learning Power teacher recognized
Jensi Andrus-Kellogg of Watertown recently was named an All American Teacher of the Year by the National Math and Science Initiative. The teachers were honored at a luncheon in Washington, D.C.

Limited scholarships available for National Board, Take One!
Educators interesting in pursuing National Board Certification or Take One! may apply for one-time scholarships. Please share with teachers who may be interested!