DOEís Director of Assessment and Accountability discusses Growth Model Work Group progress

USDA proposes nutrition rules for foods sold in schools; submit comments now
The U.S. Department of Agricultureís proposed rule on nutrition standards for all foods sold in school was published in the Federal Register earlier this month. Click here to view the proposed rule. Public comments are due before April 9.

Application deadline for CTE program approval approaching
Applications are now being accepted to become an approved Career & Technical Education program in school year 2013-14. The deadline to submit an application is March 8. Each program seeking approval must apply. Click here for more information.

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Smarter Balanced Pilot to begin in coming weeks
In the coming weeks, schools across South Dakota will participate in the Pilot Test of the Smarter Balanced assessments.

Tentative timeline for School Performance Index release announced
The Department of Education is looking ahead to the release of School Performance Index data and scores this summer and recently released a timeline of critical dates relating to the process.

Time to start planning for District Teacher of the Year awards
Itís almost springtime, and that means it will soon be time to select your districtís next Teacher of the Year. If you havenít already begun, now is the time to start seeking nominations for this prestigious honor.

Growth model work group gets going
The South Dakota Department of Education has called together teachers, administrators and other experts to help study growth models for use in the stateís new accountability system.

Dakota STEP testing window opens April 1
Dakota STEP-A testing is underway and administration of the Dakota STEP will begin soon. The 2012 Dakota STEP testing window beings on April 1 and will end April 19.

Board of Education members reappointed
Kelly Duncan of Vermillion, Stacy Phelps of Rapid City and Julie Mathiesen of Sturgis were reappointed to the nine-member board for another four years.

Nominate a teacher for the Aspiring School Leaders Retreat
This yearís Aspiring School Leaders Retreat, sponsored by DOE and MAPLE, will be held May 1-4 at Nemo.