Board passes new accountability rules
The South Dakota Board of Education passed the new accountability rules at its meeting last month. The board was able to address two of the three written comments received through the public hearing process – one related to career readiness and the other related to volatility of scores in schools with small student populations.
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New school year means updates to SDMyLife system
Updated district courses are now listed on, the online career development tool provided through the Department of Education. Also, by keeping Infinite Campus data current, you can ensure your SDMyLife student roster is accurate. Encourage school counselors to take a moment to double check the system roster. For more information or assistance, send an email to

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Local Teacher Reward Plan Advisory Council meets
The Local Teacher Reward Plan Advisory Council spent much of its day-long August meeting discussing incentive pay plans for teachers that have been used by other states.

USDA resource helps schools, parents transition to new meal pattern
The 2012-13 school year marks the beginning of school meal changes under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. Changes will be phased in, beginning this year, with full implementation by 2022.

State Report Card available online
The 2012 Report Card, which details student progress on South Dakota’s state assessment, was made available online last month.

New federal regulations address boilers and generators
The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized new federal standards for generators and boilers.

School library data ready to compare and contrast
The State Library now has your 2011-12 school library statistics available for access and comparisons.

State’s ACT scores steady, still above national average
South Dakota’s average composite ACT score remains unchanged from last year at 21.8, where it has been for the past three years.