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 SDMyLife.com, 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 sdmylife@state.sd.us.

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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. The national average was also unchanged from a year ago, sitting at 21.1 as it has been for four of the past five years.

The test is commonly used by postsecondary institutions as a benchmark for college entrance and readiness. In South Dakota, 81 percent of graduating seniors took the ACT, which is high for states that don’t require ACT testing for graduation.

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