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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Flexibility waiver receives federal stamp of approval
South Dakota’s application for flexibility from certain provisions of No Child Left Behind has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education. At the center of the new accountability model is a 100-point index that uses multiple indicators to determine performance.

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.

Education Reform Advisory Council named
The legislature has appointed the South Dakota Education Reform Advisory Council, one of six work groups outlined in House Bill 1234. Appointments were announced last month.

Dakota STEP results now online
2012 Dakota STEP results are now available on the South Dakota Assessment Portal (old eMetric site).

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.

Principal Standards & Evaluation Work Group meets
The Principal Standards & Evaluation Work Group met for the first time June 19-20 in Pierre. The group is charged with developing standards and a statewide evaluation system for principals.