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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CTE program applications available now

Applications are available now for districts interested in adding or expanding approved Career & Technical Education programs in the 2014-15 school year.

Establishing approved CTE programs offers students coursework that allows them to seek meaningful and robust Personal Learning Plans. In addition, students can use the courses to meet requirements for both graduation and the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Approved CTE programs that seek to continually improve and support the aims of Career & Technical Education/Perkins are also eligible for the following:

• Perkins funds
• State and federal grants (when available)
• Student organization membership (DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FEA, FFA, SkillsUSA)
• Technical support and professional development

Applications for approved CTE programs must be submitted to the Department of Education by March 3. Contact your Regional CTE Specialist with any questions and to obtain application logon information. Click here for more details, including directions for completing applications.