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SD Department of Education October 2014  

Director of Assessment & Accountability talks about changes to the accountability system
Accountability: What changes mean for you
South Dakota’s recently extended ESEA flexibility waiver contains several important changes to the state’s accountability system. Click here for a summary of School Performance Index indicators and accountability changes.

Director of Assessment & Accountability discusses the Student Growth Percentile model
Accountability: Work group recommends growth model

Beginning with the results of the 2015-16 state assessment, the accountability system will include academic growth as one of three indicators that make up the School Performance Index at the elementary and middle school levels. A statewide work group is recommending the indicator be based on the Student Growth Percentile model.

Indian Education Summit held Sept. 28-30 in Pierre
Tamee Livermont and Tyresha Riquelmy (l to r) are Hagen-Harvey Scholarship recipients. During a breakout session, they shared their high school experiences and talked about how their first year of college is going.

Congratulations to South Dakota’s 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools!
    • Howard Elementary School
    • Medary Elementary School, Brookings
    • O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls
    • Timber Lake High School

The U.S. Department of Education will honor all National Blue Ribbon Schools at a recognition ceremony Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. These four South Dakota schools are among a distinguished group of 287 public and 50 private schools across the country. Click here for more information.

SD Board of Education approves new standards, hears report on dual credit
The South Dakota Board of Education met on Sept. 15 in Rapid City. Click here for a summary of actions.

Proposed science standards discussed on SD DOE Blog
Julie Olson, Mitchell High School science teacher, and Ben Sayler, director of education and outreach at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, are excited about the proposed K-12 science standards. Read more at sddoe.blogspot.com

Personnel Record Form closes Oct. 15

The Personnel Record Form, or PRF, will close Oct. 15. School districts are required to provide a variety of staffing information via this online tool. Accuracy of the data is very important and will be used for monitoring of Title I and Title III programs, Special Education (IDEA), school accreditation and other programs.

Free trainings and technical assistance available through Center for Disabilities

During the 2014-15 school year, South Dakota public schools have access to technical assistance and a variety of statewide trainings, at no cost, through the Center for Disabilities. These resources are supported in part by a federal grant through the South Dakota Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and are available to those working in both special education and general education.

Another round of Clean Diesel Grant Program funding opens

Applications are due Dec. 19, 2014, to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the seventh round of funding under the South Dakota Clean Diesel Grant Program.

Libraries recognized as 21st Century School Libraries

Ten school libraries have been recognized by the South Dakota State Library as 21st Century School Libraries for 2014. Representatives of the selected libraries will be honored at the annual Systems Change Conference, Oct. 17, in Pierre.

Upcoming Events

Click here for a complete listing of events.

Title I – New Director Training
Oct. 6, Pierre

IEP Process in Action
Oct. 6-16, various dates and locations statewide

15th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 15-17, Pierre

Principal Effectiveness System Overview & Planning Workshop
Nov. 3-7, various times and locations statewide
This workshop is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education. It is part of the series of professional learning opportunities scheduled for administrators throughout the 2014-15 school year, focused on implementation of teacher and principal effectiveness systems.

Board of Education meeting
Nov. 17, Pierre

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