Preparing for Teacher Effectiveness Pilot
Hear an update on the Commission for Teaching & Learning, the Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Pilots, and the new Teachscape tool being made available to all public districts.

Common Core in the Classroom

The Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management recently released “Seeing the Future: How the Common Core Will Affect Mathematics and English Language Arts in Grades 3-12 Across America”. This publication explores the various changes that will take place in classrooms under the Common Core.

State Board of Education to meet, public hearings scheduled

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet July 17-18 in Pierre. The public hearing portion of the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. (Central) on Thursday.

South Dakota applying for waivers

South Dakota has been one of several states working with the Council of Chief State School Officers to press for some flexibility related to statewide assessment. The state plans to apply for waivers related to double testing and attaching personnel decisions to student growth.

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Department announces schools selected for Teacher Effectiveness Pilot
Twenty-four districts have schools that will be participating in the Teacher Effectiveness Pilot during the 2013-14 school year.

Growth Model Work Group narrows decision to two
South Dakota’s Growth Model Work Group is down to the final two models, and most members say they would be comfortable with either model being adapted for use in South Dakota.

2013 State Homeland Security Program grant funding available
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for Homeland Security funding. Public and private non-profit agencies, including school districts, are eligible to apply.

South Dakota represented on Smarter Balanced Career Readiness Task Force
Colleen Keffeler, of the Meade School District, has been named to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Career Readiness Task Force. Keffeler was one of 15 individuals selected from the 23 nominations submitted by the states.

Eight after-school programs funded through grant
A total of eight 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.

Special education reports released to public
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities was made available to the public last month and is now online.