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Longitudinal Data System pilot begins in June

South Dakota will begin a pilot of its new Longitudinal Data System, called STARS, next month. The overall goal throughout the development of the new system has always been to enable administrators and instructors to use data to inform instruction and improve student achievement.

The system has been designed for schools and districts with the idea that educators can use data to drive instruction. By using the system, teachers and administrators can diagnose issues faster and pinpoint which particular concepts students are struggling with within a singular content area.

The 10 pilot districts are all Teacher Incentive Fund grant schools: Andes Central, Belle Fourche, Bennett County, Oelrichs, Smee, Todd County, Shannon County, Winner, White River and McLaughlin.

For more information, visit the Department of Educationís Longitudinal Data System page.