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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education Jan. 2016  

DOE to propose revised schedule for reviewing ELA and math standards

At the state Board of Education meeting Jan. 7, in Pierre, the Department of Education will propose a revised schedule for reviewing South Dakota’s English language arts and math standards.

South Dakota’s core content standards are on a seven-year rotation for review. The review schedule is approved by the state Board of Education. Per the currently approved schedule, review of the English language arts standards is scheduled to begin this summer. The department will be asking the board at its next meeting to allow for the review of the math standards at the same time. However, the timeline to teach to the math standards would not change. The chart below outlines the changes (highlighted in yellow) that will be proposed.

As seen in the chart below, any changes made to the standards through this process will be some time in coming – allowing ample time to make any necessary adjustments.

Standards Timeline

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