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.
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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.
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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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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. Results of early childhood services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays are also available.

Released annually, the State Performance Plan Report is divided into two parts. One part addresses the federal special education program known as Part B. This report identifies school districts’ ability to meet federal special education requirements on several indicators, along with performance targets. The report is based mainly on data from the 2011-12 school year with exception of Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, and Suspension/Expulsion. Statewide data also is available.

Click here to view the Part B report.

The other part of the State Performance Plan Report addresses the federal special education program known as Part C. This report identifies the ability of early childhood services, called the Birth to Three program in South Dakota, to meet 14 federal special education requirements. Statewide and regional data is available.

Click here to view the Part C reports. Look under the Documents listing on the right-hand side of the page. Click on “2012 Part C Annual Performance Report” or “Regional Programs Data - Indicators.”