Plan for Leadership Academies announced
The Investing in Teachers, or IiT, initiative includes professional development opportunities for superintendents and principals. The PD is designed to build the foundational knowledge necessary to lead systemic change specific to implementing the Common Core and the standards for teaching.

Look for DOE at Joint Convention next month
The ASBSD/SASD Convention is Aug. 9-10 in Sioux Falls. Department of Education staff will present sessions on the new accountability system, next-generation assessments, and the longitudinal data system. Feedback gathered during sessions on teacher and principal evaluation will be shared with work groups meeting throughout the summer and fall.

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2012 Report Card will have new look

The state Report Card, issued by the Department of Education, will have a new look this year, due to a new vendor and the transition to a new accountability system. While it will contain much of the same data as previous years, data will be presented in a different format, and there will be no determinations of adequate yearly progress.

“This year’s Report Card will still show how schools performed relative to AMO targets set under No Child Left Behind, but there will be no determinations of AYP,” said Judy Merriman, who oversees the department’s Data Office. “The elements of the new accountability model will kick in with the 2012-13 school year, and that year’s data will serve as a baseline moving forward.”

The department will give superintendents an overview of the new Report Card at an informational session slated for July 18, 1:30-3 p.m., at the Clubhouse Hotel & Suites in Pierre, immediately following the Superintendents’ Conference. The session will help administrators understand the newly redesigned Report Card and its functionality.

A public version of the Report Card is expected to be launched on the department’s website at the end of this month. Schools will receive access to a secured version of the Report Card, which will offer “drill down” capabilities to the student level.

For more information, contact Judy Merriman, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-4737.