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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education June 2016  

SD Sci logo Teachers needed to help develop new science assessment

The South Dakota Department of Education is developing a statewide assessment aligned to the new science standards. Teachers are needed for the Science Achievement Level Descriptors work group, which will begin meeting in August. Please share this information with any of your teachers who would be a good fit for this work.

This work group will develop achievement level descriptors that provide grade and grade-span descriptions of student knowledge, skills and abilities for the science standards. The ALDs will provide the details needed to set cut scores when the new science assessment is implemented in 2017-18. There will be four groups of teachers working in grade-span groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 with four to five participants in each group.

The work group will meet in Pierre Aug. 2-3, with an additional work session to be determined in September or early October. Participants will receive a stipend and all travel expenses for the meetings.

Application link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ScienceALD

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