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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South Dakota a lead state in development of alternate assessment
South Dakota is part of a consortium of states that will be working to develop a new alternate assessment aligned to the Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics.
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.

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.

South Dakota program featured on National Institute of Health webpage
The statewide We Can! training effort provided through the departmentís Child and Adult Nutrition Services last year has earned South Dakota some positive recognition.

Lake Area Technical Institute recognized for excellence
Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown has been recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top two-year colleges in the country.

Davis-Bahcall deadline extended
The deadline for the prestigious Davis Bahcall summer study program for students interested in science has been extended.