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SD Department of Education August 2014  

Learning Power online AP classes begin Aug. 20

Registration for 2014-15 Learning Power online Advanced Placement courses is still open at www.sdvs.k12.sd.us. Learning Power classes for 2014-15 begin Aug. 20. Registrations will be accepted during a short window following that date.

Learning Power offers seven AP course options:

• AP Calculus AB
• AP Statistics
• AP Biology
• AP Physics B
• AP Chemistry
• AP English Literature and Composition
• AP English Language and Composition

All courses are taught by South Dakota teachers and are provided at no cost to the student. The only expense for districts is course materials. Students are required to take College Board end-of-course exams. The cost of the exam is reimbursed to districts by Learning Power.

In particular, Learning Power is targeted at students in small rural high schools where face-to-face AP courses are not available. By accessing Learning Power, these high schools enhance their menu of course offerings by engaging selected students with challenging AP curriculum that prepares them for the rigors of college.

Learning Power has an impressive track record—during the 2013-14 school year, more than 60 percent of students earned qualifying scores for college credit.

Learning Power courses are challenging, so a solid academic background in the identified content area is essential. Student success is a team effort with the support of the teachers of the online AP courses and local district e-mentors.

Learning Power is a partnership of the South Dakota Department of Education, Northern State University E-learning Center, and Technology and Innovation in Education. Questions about the program can be directed to Julie Schmidt or Jim Parry.

Registration for reduced-cost dual credit courses still open

High school juniors and seniors can still register for fall 2014 reduced tuition dual credit courses. Click here for a list of registration deadlines at participating public universities and technical institutes.

School districts must have a signed memorandum of understanding on file with the Department of Education before registering students with participating public universities and technical institutes. A list of schools with MOUs on file can be found here.

Each participating public university and technical institute has its own registration process. Registration forms can be downloaded from SDMyLife.

Home school students interested in participating should work directly with the Department of Education to enroll in courses. School districts should not register these students on their rosters for the purposes of the dual credit program. Home school students wishing to access the program will need to have a waiver of exemption on file with the Department of Education in order to participate in the program. If juniors or seniors in your district have applied for a waiver of exemption, please file these waivers with the Department of Education as soon as they are complete to help facilitate the registration process for these students.

Contact Erin Larsen, Department of Education, at (605) 773-2533 with questions.

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