No requirement to report tech literacy in 2011-12
The South Dakota Department of Education recently learned that the U.S. Department of Education will not require states to report 8th grade technology literacy for the 2011-12 school year.

2012 Legislative Session begins this week
The South Dakota State Legislature will convene for the 2012 session beginning this week. The opening session will begin Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m., when Governor Dennis Daugaard will give his State of the State address before both houses. CLICK HERE to listen in to his address.

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Cycle begins again for onsite accreditation reviews

Sixteen school districts are scheduled to host onsite accreditation reviews during spring semester of the 2011-12 school year. Selection of districts that are up for review is determined by the date of their last review based on a five-year cycle.

A list of all school districts and the year their accreditation status is valid through is posted at

The Department of Education will contact each district ahead of time to determine a date for their review. If a district is accredited by an approved accrediting agency (other than the state) or has an approved school improvement option that conducts onsite visits, the district may request the state visit coordinate with its current school improvement cycle.

Along with reviewing the district’s improvement plan, state representatives will review the following regulatory items:
    • Student (certified) birth certificates
    • Student immunization records
    • School calendar
    • Course guidelines for language arts, mathematics, science and social studies – demonstrating alignment to state content standards
    • Evidence of parental notification of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
    • Criminal background checks of all current employees and student teachers
    • Written plan for safety of students and documentation of safety drills
    • Permanent and cumulative academic and attendance records for students
    • Accurate up-to-date staff assignment information entered on the Personnel Record Form (PRF) system. PLEASE NOTE: It is no longer a requirement to have a paper copy of a teacher or administrator certificate on file in the administrative office of the school system. The validity of a certificate can be verified through the Department of Education's Teacher 411 website.

Click here for additional information regarding K-12 Accreditation.

Contact Carol Uecker with any questions at (605) 773-4771.