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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education April 2016  
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Letter from the Secretary

Later this month, four work groups will begin meeting to discuss what the Every Student Succeeds Act means for South Dakota, particularly our state accountability system. These groups will study four areas: accountability, school improvement, educator effectiveness and English language learners.

We have set up a webpage for each work group, listing members and meeting times. Initial meetings will be held in Pierre, and agendas will be posted soon.

Thank you to all those who stepped forward and offered to serve in this capacity. Due to strong response, we were unable to include everyone who applied, but we encourage all of you to participate in the conversation by sharing input with group members.

This is important work, and we will provide you with further information as it progresses.

I know many of you are busy with state testing well under way across South Dakota. I’m grateful to you, your staff and students for all your hard work to ensure this process goes smoothly.

Thank you for your dedication to preparing South Dakota students for college, career and life.

students ESSA work groups begin meeting in April
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires a State Plan, outlining strategies for implementing key requirements of the new law. Four South Dakota work groups will develop this plan in coming months. Click the links below for meeting times and names of work group members:
   • Accountability
   • School Improvement
   • Educator Effectiveness
   • English Language Learner
    (http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/essa-ELL.aspx )

New funding formula FAQ and 2016 bill summary available
An FAQ document on the new funding formula is posted on the 2016 K-12 Education Package webpage (http://doe.sd.gov/2016EducationPackage.aspx) under Resources. It will be updated as new questions come in. The Department of Education has also developed a summary of education-related bills from the 2016 session (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2016/april/documents/16-BillSm.pdf). The list is not all-inclusive but contains many of the bills DOE followed this session.
vaccination New vaccination requirements begin in school year 2016-17
Beginning in school year 2016-17, the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal ACYW) vaccines will be required for entry into the 6th grade. The change is a result of Senate Bill 28, passed by this year’s legislature and signed into law by Gov. Daugaard. SB 28 adds meningococcal infection to the list of diseases specified in South Dakota Codified Law 13-28-7.1 (http://legis.sd.gov/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Statute=13-28-7.1&Type=Statute) for which the Department of Education, based on recommendations from the Department of Health, can require vaccination for school entry in South Dakota.

With the change, school entry requirements for South Dakota 6th grade students include:
   • One dose of Tdap vaccine
   • One dose of MCV4

The requirements apply only for 6th grade entry and transfer students in 6th – 12th grade. A child who is 10 years old when entering the 6th grade has 45 days after his or her 11th birthday to be vaccinated. Schools will be required to report immunization data of 6th grade students yearly to the Department of Health just as they currently do with kindergarten students.

Schools may find the following documents from the Department of Health useful in communicating this new requirement with various stakeholders:

   • Message to parents (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2016/April/documents/Parentltr.docx) — could be posted on school website, in school newsletters, etc.
   • Flyer (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2016/April/documents/vacc-flyr.pdf) — could be posted on school website, sent home with students, etc.
   • Detail document (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2016/April/documents/VACdetail.docx) — for individuals/groups needing more detailed information
Educator Effectiveness trainings
View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ZLrKLMEUU.
Educator Effectiveness trainings for administrators planned this summer
To continue supporting promising practices around Educator Effectiveness, the Department of Education is offering a series of trainings for administrators (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2016/April/documents/EE-Trainings.pdf) this summer with topics such as providing evidence-based feedback and leadership behaviors requisite to building trust.

Register for these trainings at Go Sign Me Up (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse). Contact Matt Gill (Matthew.Gill@state.sd.us) with questions.

The provisions in the new Every Student Succeeds Act no longer set requirements for state Educator Effectiveness systems. South Dakota law still requires model systems be established, and the current rules allowing school districts to determine local evaluation processes based on minimum state standards remain in place. The Department of Education is bringing together stakeholder groups to discuss several ESSA-related topics (http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/essa.aspx), including educator evaluation. With the passage of ESSA, we can continue to honor the good work done in the state without worrying about changing our state system to meet federal mandates.
Remember       Don’t forget! Check status of waivers to administrative rule
Your school district may have a waiver from administrative rule that expires June 30. The list of current waivers is available on the Department of Education’s website (http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/adminrulewaivers.aspx).

Districts with End of Course or Credit by Exam waivers set to expire will need to file an end-of-term waiver report (http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/documents/WaiverRpt.doc), and if desired, make application for a new waiver.

To learn more about administrative rule waivers or to apply/reapply for a waiver, visit the Department of Education’s Administrative Rule Waivers webpage (http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/adminrulewaivers.aspx).

For questions about waivers, please call (605) 773-3426 or email doeaccred@state.sd.us.
Graduation Money Graphic Summer and fall dual credit registration now open
Registration for summer dual credit courses is now open. Only students who were juniors in the 2015-16 school year and will be seniors in the 2016-17 school year, are eligible to apply for admission to summer dual credit courses. The cost for summer dual credit courses is $40 per credit.

Registration for fall courses at the technical institutes is also open, and registration at Board of Regents institutions opens April 25. Juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for admission to fall dual credit courses.

Starting in fall 2016, the new cost per credit for students will be $48.33, which is still a great bargain for students.

Updated MOUs for the 2016-17 school year will be mailed out this spring. Find more information about dual credit on SDMyLife (http://sdmylife.com/educators/advanced-education-opportunities/).
April 15 graphic Submit Verification of Educational Structure forms by April 15
The Verification of Educational Structure system is open. All districts must complete the Educational Structure Change Form by April 15, even if there are no changes to be made. The South Dakota Department of Education is collecting all educational structure changes for the 2016-17 school year. Changes districts need to report at this time include the following: new schools, closed schools, changes in grade spans and changes in the names of a school and/or district.

Superintendents, educational structure/directory contacts and main Infinite Campus/student data contacts should have received an email from the department March 14, with the change form attached.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Rattling Leaf, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-4703 or Jennifer.RattlingLeaf@state.sd.us.
Standards graphic Individuals needed to serve on health education standards work group
South Dakota will review health education content standards this summer. The application, meeting schedule and work group expectations (http://doe.sd.gov/contentstandards/review.aspx) are now available for those interested in reviewing these standards. K-12 and postsecondary educators, parents and community members are encouraged to apply by April 20.
Gay Anderson Brandon Valley’s Gay Anderson elected VP of School Nutrition Association
Congratulations to Gay Anderson, food service director for the Brandon Valley School District, on being elected vice president of the School Nutrition Association (https://schoolnutrition.org/snaelection/). Anderson’s work was highlighted in this recent Brandon Valley Challenger story (http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/brandon/2016/03/18/bvs-anderson-elected-vp-national-school-nutrition-assoc/81764654/).
Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/.

TIE Conference
April 10-12, Sioux Falls

Don’t miss the 30th Annual TIE Conference!

Over the past 29 years, TIE has evolved from being the forerunner in sharing technology innovation with educators to meeting the current needs of technology integration, curriculum mandates, improved student achievement and effective assessment and evaluation.

Find registration information and more at www.conference.tie.net.

Title Programs Wednesday Café
April 13, online

Title Programs Wednesday Café webinars are intended for Title I schools. Find more information at https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Questions? Contact Dawn Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-2535 or DawnL.Smith@state.sd.us.

Principal Effectiveness webinars
April 20
May 18

The Department of Education is hosting a Principal Effectiveness webinar series throughout the 2015-16 school year. Principals and superintendents are invited to participate. Webinars are also recorded and posted on the department’s website. Register at https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Here is a calendar of session dates, descriptions and log-in information (http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/documents/15-PEWeb2.pdf).

Perkins Data Collection Training
April 20, Pierre
April 21, Aberdeen
April 25, Rapid City
April 27, Mitchell
April 28, Sioux Falls

Training sessions on the Perkins Data Collection system will provide CTE teachers/administrators in approved CTE programs (school year 2015-16) the following:

1. Instructions for entering Perkins Data via Mass Enrollment and Individual Enrollment (if your school enters data through the Upload process, contact Nora Kohlenberg for training information at nora.kohlenberg@state.sd.us).

2. Updates on modifications to the data system for 2015-16.

3. Tips to ensure data is entered comprehensively and accurately.

4. Ideas to get the most out of your Perkins data.

Details on the training sessions, including location and information to prepare prior to attending, will be sent following your registration. Watch your email for additional information.

Register at https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title. For questions or more information, contact the Division of Career & Technical Education at (605) 773-3423.

2016 Homeland Security Conference
May 3-5, Sioux Falls

This year’s Homeland Security Conference will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Find more information on the event website (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-dakota-2016-homeland-security-conference-tickets-22129656398?aff=eac2). Questions? Contact Rachel Tilley (HomelandSecConf@state.sd.us) with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Board of Education
May 16, Aberdeen

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet in the Northern State University Student Center, 1200 South Jay St., in Aberdeen. The time of the meeting is yet to be determined. The final of four public hearings will be held on proposed career and technical education standards in several career clusters. An agenda will be posted on the Boards and Commissions portal (http://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=32) at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Civil Rights Regulations in the Educational Setting
June 21, Rapid City
June 23, Watertown

The South Dakota Department of Education is making available a professional development opportunity that will allow participants to gain in-depth knowledge into civil rights federal regulations for the educational setting. The full-day sessions will feature specialists from the regional U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in Kansas City, Mo.

The department encourages K-12 staff as well as postsecondary personnel to attend. Please inform staff who serve in any of the following capacities about these trainings:

   • Title IX Coordinator
   • Section 504 Coordinator
   • School Administrator
   • School Counselor
   • Career and Technical Education Teacher/Director
   • School District Attorney

Space is limited. Eight contact hours towards a CEU credit are available for full-day attendance.

Register at https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search ‘civil rights.’

Questions? Contact Carol Uecker, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-4771.

2016 Summer Education Conference
June 28-29, Chamberlain

This year’s conference will focus on explicit instruction with keynote speaker Dr. Anita Archer. Read more about Dr. Archer and find registration information on this shareable flyer (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2016/March/documents/MTSS-Conf.pdf).

New format in 2016! Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27, Pierre


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