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
The Legislature approved funding for several new grant programs, including classroom innovation grants, CTE grants and technology grants.

Data system rollout progressing across state
School districts across South Dakota are beginning to access the state’s new longitudinal data system, called the South Dakota Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System, or SD-STARS.

Growth Model work group narrows down studies
South Dakota’s Growth Model work group met via conference call last month to discuss further analysis of the seven growth models selected for consideration for use in the state’s new accountability system.

Educator recognition: Shine a spotlight on your “best and brightest”
The Department of Education maintains a list of Emerging Classroom Leaders, which consists of distinguished teachers and principals from across South Dakota.

Seeking presenters for 10th annual Indian Education Summit
Conference planners are interested in hearing from local schools or educational organizations that have unique, successful programs that bolster success for Native American students.

Smarter Balanced moving forward
At a March conference in Arlington, Va., state education chiefs met in a public session and approved initial achievement level descriptors—which distinguish among the levels of student performance in English language arts/literacy and mathematics on the Smarter Balanced assessments

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