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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
April 2017  
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School library survey collects data by district

The South Dakota State Library has opened the annual school library survey to collect data for the 2016-17 school year. Each district is asked to submit one survey per district rather than one survey per library. The survey is available online through May 15. Superintendents should have received notification of survey access details via email on March 29.

The State Library is charged with collecting annual data from the state’s school libraries (14-1-44 (7) Execution of State Library Policy).

The State Library will compile survey data and report back to superintendents in fall 2017, so that districts can use the data to inform decision-making and planning. Previous data digests are available on the State Library’s Publications webpage.

Research shows that effective school libraries result in higher student achievement, which can be measured by improved reading scores. Effective school libraries have a high quality program, place and professional who collaborates with and supports all content areas in delivering curriculum and meeting state content standards.

Questions? Contact Alissa Adams or call (800) 423-6665.


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