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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Dakota STEP results now online

Last month, your district testing coordinator should have received an email from the Department of Education announcing that the 2012 Dakota STEP results are now available on the South Dakota Assessment Portal (old eMetric site).

Within that site, districts also can see how students performed on the Common Core standards that were embedded into this year’s Dakota STEP.

Each district has a single log-in/password for the South Dakota Assessment Portal. Your testing coordinator should have that information, or you can contact Matt Gill at the department.

If you have questions about the data within the site, please contact Gay Pickner at (605) 773-3247.