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SD Department of Education Aug. 2016  

ESSA Video ESSA Implementation: Let’s talk

The South Dakota Department of Education has created a new listserv dedicated to issues around implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act in our state. Anyone interested in ESSA implementation efforts is invited to sign up for the listserv. To sign up, visit the listserv webpage and follow the link to “Subscribe or Unsubscribe.” Also, please share this information with any education-related groups you work with who may be interested.

Through the ESSA Implementation listserv, the department will provide updates on implementation in South Dakota. More importantly, the department plans to pose questions on critical implementation topics on which broad input is needed. Questions will be posed via the listserv, and subscribers will be asked to respond via an online survey tool, so the department can collect responses in one spot. Responses will be shared with the ESSA work groups, as well as department staff responsible for developing the state plan required under ESSA. The first question is this:

• South Dakota has an opportunity to design an indicator around student success and school quality as part of its accountability system. What thing(s) should be measured that would provide meaningful results? Think about different indicators for elementary/middle vs. high school.

Watch a brief video explanation of this opportunity.

Provide your input on this question.

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