Administrators - what you need to know about SD STARS implementation

Common Core info available
The Department of Education has created a fact sheet to help the general public in understanding the Common Core. More materials are being created and will be disseminated to schools in the coming months, however administrators can access this material as a resource when visiting with parents and other community members.


Lake Area Tech again an Aspen finalist
For the second year in a row, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown has been recognized as one of the top four two-year colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute.
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South Dakota Virtual School registration now open
Registration for the 2013-14 School Year is now open on the South Dakota Virtual School. A number of new courses have been added this past year, including several dual credit options. Many of the courses give students additional advanced CTE options, which can be particularly beneficial to smaller districts.

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2013 Legislative session wraps up

March is behind us, which means another legislative session has come and gone. The Legislature approved funding for several new grant programs, including classroom innovation grants, CTE grants and technology grants. The department will begin setting up application processes for these grants in the coming weeks, and more information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

Gov. Daugaard also issued a line item veto to House Bill 1137, in order that the $5.8 million in one-time funding to school districts be distributed based on current fall enrollment (SY 2012-13) rather than enrollment from the 2011-12 school year.

For a summary of education-related bills to come out of the 2013 session, click here.