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SD Department of Education April 2015  
Tentative schedule for release of 2014-15 Report Card announced

The South Department of Education is looking ahead to the release of the State Report Card later this year. With the new Smarter Balanced assessments, schools and districts will be able to access student results around two weeks after students complete the assessment. This will give educators real-time results about how students are performing.

Below is the TENTATIVE schedule for release of the 2014-15 Report Card, which includes the calculation of new School Performance Index (SPI) scores and classifications. Also, please note the following changes to the SPI for this year:

• School-, district-, and state-level SPI results will be released in mid-September.

• This year’s Report Card will incorporate Smarter Balanced assessments in calculating Student Achievement and will set the baseline for new Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs).

• The Attendance indicator at the elementary and middle school levels will look different, as we move from average daily attendance to calculating the percent of students hitting the state’s target goal of 94 percent attendance.

• At the high school level, the calculations for College and Career Ready and High School Completion indicators will remain the same.

TENTATIVE schedule for release of the 2014-15 Report Card:

• June 12 – PRF Closes; Last date for districts to make changes to SY 2014-15 data in Infinite Campus

• Aug. 10-14 – 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.

• Sept. 18 – Department provides districts with final data prior to the public release of the Report Card.

• Sept. 18-21 – Districts share local data with key stakeholders, including boards of education.

• Sept. 22 – Public release of statewide data in the 2014-15 Report Card.

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

• Oct. 20 – Deadline for the department to make decisions on formal appeals.

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