Thoughts on Common Core
A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Jan Martin, with the department’s Division of Assessment and Accountability, talks about this spring’s Field Test of the Smarter Balanced assessment

Legislative session under way
Click here for more information on bills DOE is tracking.

ELL student population growing Second story in a series on English Language Learners (ELLs) in South Dakota. Click here for more information.

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February is CTE Month
CTE Month all about “superheroes”
Governor’s Grants for CTE awarded to districts
CTE program applications available now

Smarter Balanced assessment roadshow starts Feb. 24
Testing workshops for the Smarter Balanced assessment will take place at locations statewide Feb. 24-28 and March 4-6.

Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors and sites
The department’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors and sites for the Summer Food Service Program.

Search for SD Teacher of the Year starts at district level
Now is the time to start seeking nominations for District Teacher of the Year awards.

Nominate an educator for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award
The Outstanding Biology Teacher Award honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12.

Nominations sought for School Officer of the Year
Nominations for the School Officer of the Year Award must be postmarked by March 7.

School Health Guidelines training coming up
The “School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity” training is fast approaching.

Peers needed to review 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant applications
The deadline to apply is Feb. 14 for those interested in becoming peer reviewers for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant applications.