Director of Assessment & Accountability talks about proposed changes to South Dakota’s accountability system.

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Schools would receive 3 percent increase under budget proposal
Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed a 3 percent increase in state aid to K-12 education during his budget address last week.

Board of Education hears proposed changes to accountability, adopts rule change
South Dakota is considering changes to its accountability system. Those changes were introduced at a state Board of Education meeting Nov. 18 in Pierre.

Educators at pilot schools finding value in new teacher evaluation system
Twenty-four South Dakota public school districts of all sizes are participating in this year’s pilot of the model teacher effectiveness system. This month, we talk with educators at some of these schools.

Rapid City embracing model principal evaluation system
Participating in this year’s principal effectiveness pilot is leading to meaningful conversation and professional growth for Rapid City principals.

Grant opportunity available for K-12 career and technical education
Gov. Daugaard is committing Future Funds to create the Governor's Grants for Career and Technical Education.

Libraries recognized as 21st Century School Libraries
Several school libraries across the state have been recognized as 21st Century School Libraries. This is the award program’s first year.

Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program now accepting applications
Davis-Bahcall Scholars will have the chance to spend four to five weeks of their summer exploring the world of modern scientific research at some of the nation’s leading laboratories and universities.

Loan deferment or forgiveness possible in teacher shortage areas
The U.S. Department of Education has designated teacher shortage areas for the 2013-14 school year. Principals have the authority to provide certification that eligible borrowers are teaching in a designated teacher shortage area.