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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education April 2016  
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.


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