DOE’s 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 Agriculture’s 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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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.

As in previous years, students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be tested in reading and math. Science is tested in grades 5, 8 and 11.

Districts should receive their testing materials from Pearson later this month. All testing must be completed within the established test window.

For more information on test administration, click here.

Questions regarding administration of the Dakota STEP should be directed to Gay Pickner at (605) 773-3247.