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Reduced-cost dual credit program expanded
Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, select dual credit courses will be available to high school students in grades 11-12 at the rate of $40 per credit. This program has been expanded to include 11th and 12th grade students enrolled in any of South Dakota’s non-public, tribal and BIE schools.
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State Report Card release timeline announced

The Department of Education is looking ahead to the release of the state Report Card this summer. This year’s Report Card will be different from last year’s because there will be no new student achievement data to report for math and English language arts (except for a few Hutterite Colony schools). Updated data will be reported related to attendance, four-year cohort graduation rate, high school completion, college readiness and highly qualified teacher status.

There will be no new School Performance Index scores issued. Current school accountability classifications will remain in place for the 2014-15 school year.

Below is the TENTATIVE schedule for release of the 2013-14 Report Card.

• June 13 – Last date for districts to make changes to SY 2013-14 data in Infinite Campus

• July 11-18 – Districts review and validate data in SD-STARS. If data errors are discovered, this is the time to fix them. We recommend that you have your Accountability Team available during this time to assist with the data review process.

• Aug. 15 – Department provides districts with final data prior to public release of the Report Card

• Aug. 16-18 – Districts share local data with key stakeholders, including boards of education

• Aug. 19 – Public release of statewide data in the 2013-14 Report Card

• Sept. 5 – Deadline for formal appeals to be submitted to the department

• Sept. 19 – Deadline for department to make decisions on formal appeals