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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South Dakota receives grant for longitudinal data system

South Dakota has been awarded one of 24 state-level grants from the Institute of Education Sciences. The three-year, $3 million grant will support ongoing development and implementation of a statewide longitudinal data system for the state’s K-12 schools.

The grants are authorized by the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002. Grantees were selected through competitive process, with award decisions based on the merits of the applicants’ proposals and available program funding.

Currently, 10 South Dakota school districts have been selected to participate in a pilot project that will begin this summer. The pilot is expected to be completed by early 2013, at which point the data management system will be rolled out to other districts.

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