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SD Department of Education August 2014  

Registration still open: Help students get ahead with Advanced Placement and dual credit

• Learning Power AP courses
• Reduced-cost dual credit courses

A Welcome Back Message from
Secretary Schopp

Students receive Critical Teaching Needs Scholarships
This state scholarship supports future educators who agree to serve in critical-need teaching areas in South Dakota.

District-level Teachers of the Year to be honored at Systems Change Conference
Learn how to submit your District TOY’s information. District TOYs’ conference registration, lodging and meals will be free of charge.

Openings remain on online panel to set Smarter Balanced achievement levels

All South Dakota educators are encouraged to apply to help establish consistent measures of progress on the new state assessment.

Districts encouraged to sign up to administer NCRC assessment

Securing a National Career Readiness Certificate is one way for students to demonstrate to potential employers that they have essential skills needed for workplace success.

GED® verification forms updated for 2014-15 school year

These forms are used by the Department of Labor and Regulation to verify the education status of students under the age of 18 who want to take the GED®.

Parent consent now required to access student immunization records

New HIPAA laws require consent to access the South Dakota Immunization Information System.

Reminder: Requirements for bus driver training and reporting

In response to recent inquiries about bus driver training and reporting requirements, the department offers a review of the law enacted in 2011.

Upcoming Events

Click here for a complete listing of events.

IEP Process in Action
Aug. 14-Oct. 16, various dates and locations statewide

IEP Back to Basics
Sept. 11, Aberdeen
Sept. 22, Rapid City
Sept. 29, Sioux Falls

Board of Education meeting
Sept. 15, Rapid City

Introduction to WIDA
Sept. 23, Rapid City
Sept. 25, Pierre
Sept. 30, Huron
Oct. 2, Sioux Falls

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 28-30, Pierre

Title I – New Director Training
Oct. 6, Pierre

15th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 15-17, Pierre


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