Legislature approves state training for Common Core & more
During the 2012 session, the Governor proposed and Legislature approved $8.4 million for training related to Common Core and other key areas.

Mathiesen presents on mass customized learning
South Dakota Board of Education member and TIE Director Dr. Julie Mathiesen presented on the topic of mass customized learning at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education in Houston last month.

Preparing for the Dakota STEP
The 2012 Dakota STEP testing window beings on April 2 and will end April 20.

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Nominate your teachers for Dakota STEP work groups

While South Dakota is moving to a new state assessment in 2014-15, the state is still required to conduct an annual data review of the existing Dakota STEP.

The South Dakota Department of Education is looking for teachers to serve on the groups listed below. A diverse group of dedicated teachers representing both large and small districts across the state, from various grade levels along with special education and English language learners teachers, is needed.

The Department of Education will reimburse all selected participants for mileage, meals and lodging (at state rates) and will also pay a small stipend of $125 per eight-hour work day. The department will also reimburse each participant's district $70 per day to go toward substitute pay if necessary.

The Data Review Work Groups are charged with the important task of reviewing Dakota STEP field test items to determine whether they should be included in future years’ tests.

The Data Review Work Groups will be separated into the following grade spans:
--Reading (grade spans of 3-6; 7-8 and 11)
--Mathematics (grade spans of 3-6; 7-8 and 11)
--Science (grade spans of 5, 8 and 11).

The Data Review work groups will meet July 10 in Sioux Falls.

Teachers may be nominated for this work using the links below. Selected participants will be notified with more details via email once the work groups have been selected. April 30 is the deadline to nominate. Email Gay Pickner with any questions.

Mathematics Data Review

Reading Data Review

Science Data Review