The Board of Education recognized two Project Lead the Way programs at its meeting last month. Congratulations to Canton and Sioux Falls for earning PLTW certification!
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Check your district’s waiver status now

Back in March, the department asked districts to review the status of any current waivers from administrative rule that they may have, and to make necessary application. This is a reminder to complete that process if you have not already done so.

A school district may apply for a waiver from South Dakota Administrative Rule governing school accreditation, in order to implement an alternative plan that better addresses local learning goals, enhances educational opportunities, promotes equity or increases accountability.

While many waivers last for five years, some have a shorter life span. One of the most common waivers among districts is to offer high school credit for Algebra I at the 8th grade.

Click here for more information and application forms. To view a list of current waiver holders, click here.

After approval by the department, waivers take effect at the beginning of the next school fiscal year on July 1.

Questions can be directed to Carol Uecker, Department of Education, at (605) 773-4771 or