New Director of Assessment and Accountability on board
The Department of Education is excited to welcome its newest division director to the table. Abby Javurek-Humig took over the helm as Director of the Division of Assessment and Accountability last month. Javurek-Humig is a Pierre native, moving back to South Dakota from New Mexico, where she worked in postsecondary education.

Three South Dakota elementaries earn Blue Ribbon status
Congratulations to Groton Area Elementary, Parker Elementary and Wall Elementary! Those three schools recently earned Blue Ribbon status under a U.S. Department of Education program.
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Event explores Common Core from administrators’ perspective
A Common Core kickoff event for school administrators is being held Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Cedar Shore Resort, Chamberlain, in conjunction with the annual Systems Change Conference, which is Oct. 10-12.

Order alternative format, Braille textbooks by Jan. 15
To assure delivery of alternative format textbooks by the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, textbook orders must be received by Jan. 15, 2013.

Benchmark Assessment Pilot underway; first round of testing complete
The state’s Benchmark Assessment Pilot is underway, and the first assessment has already been administered. Students in selected districts took part in the pretest Sept. 4-14.

Teacher Evaluation Work Group making strides toward goal
The Teacher Evaluation Workgroup met Sept. 20 in Pierre. Collectively, group members are beginning to have a vision of what evaluation tools and support resources might look like in South Dakota.

Support Common Core Literacy with Electronic Resources
The State Library electronic resources can help students become college and career ready and help teachers implement Common Core literacy standards by providing access to online encyclopedias, journals, ebooks and more.

LATI named Aspen finalist for second consecutive year
Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown is one of four two-year colleges nationwide to be named as a Top Ten Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence two years in a row.