VIDEO: Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Education Secretary discuss education reform package on SDPB’s “Focus”.

Check out the Department of Education’s new YouTube Channel, and find several videos explaining the details of HB1234.

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Technology survey to inform new state assessment
The Dakota STEP test will be replaced in 2015 by an online test which is being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

WorkKeys assessments, NCRC available to high school students
The Departments of Education and Labor and Regulation are inviting juniors and seniors at South Dakota high schools to participate in the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) program during the 2012-13 school year.

District Special Education reports released,
Data collection beginning for next reporting

Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online.

New laws take effect next month
July 1 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state of South Dakota, and a number of new laws are slated to take effect on that date as well.

South Dakota students score well on NAEP science test
South Dakota eighth-grade students are ahead of their peers when it comes to the latest science scores – which are good, but virtually unchanged – as measured by the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

AYP up in the air pending waiver application
South Dakota is awaiting a federal decision on its ESEA waiver application, which would release the state from certain requirements of No Child Left Behind. Right now, there are three possible scenarios that will affect this summer’s AYP determinations.