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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The Outstanding Biology Teacher Award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12. A candidate must currently be teaching biology and/or other life sciences and must have devoted a significant portion of his or her career to teaching life sciences. A minimum of three years teaching experience in public, private or parochial schools is mandatory before applying for the award. Candidates need not be members of NABT, and unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated from year to year.

Sanford Health sponsors a $1,000 grant for the winning teacher to use for professional development and/or classroom materials. Winners are also invited to the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference in the fall and receive additional materials and prizes from national sponsors.

Nominations containing the following information should be submitted to Julie Olson, director of the South Dakota OBTA award:
• Name of nominee
• Email address of nominee
• Name of nominator
• Email address of nominator

Olson will forward the necessary application forms to the nominee.

The nomination deadline is March 31.