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

2014 legislative session opens Jan. 14
Track education-related bills at legis.sd.gov

Braille and large-print textbook orders due Jan. 15
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Smarter Balanced Q & A answers questions about testing
This article provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the new Smarter Balanced assessment.

Regional SLO trainings for administrators to be offered in March and April
The South Dakota Department of Education will be offering administrators regional one-day trainings on student learning objectives (SLOs) this spring.

Grants available to fund after-school programs
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants are now available online.

Rules about “Smart Snacks” to take effect this summer
New rules regarding snacks in schools take effect July 1.

ELL student population growing in SD
This is the first in a series on the growing number of English Language Learners in South Dakota schools.

State Library announces two new e-resources
The State Library has announced two new e-resources called Mango Languages and ChiltonLibrary. Foreign language teachers, ESL students and CTE teachers are just a few of the individuals who will find these resources useful.