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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Time to start planning for District Teacher of the Year awards

Itís a new year, and that means it will soon be time to select your districtís next Teacher of the Year. If you havenít already begun, now is the time to start seeking nominations for this prestigious honor.

A school district can determine its own method for selecting an award winner, but nomination forms should be made available to teachers, parents, students, school support professionals and the general public through multiple avenues and formats.

All district-level Teachers of the Year will be considered at the regional level, and ultimately, one of the six regional finalists will become South Dakotaís 2013 Teacher of the Year. In order to be considered for the regional Teacher of the Year award, your districtís honoree must have his or her application on file with your respective Education Service Agency by its designated deadline.

For more information, including frequently asked questions, a nomination form and sample guidelines, visit the teacher of the year webpage. For further assistance, contact Lanette Johnston at the Department of Education.