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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
May 2017  
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2016-17 Report Card schedule available

The South Dakota Department of Education is looking ahead to the release of the State Report Card later this year.

With the transition to the new Every Student Succeeds Act, the department will still calculate and publish School Performance Index, or SPI, scores this year on the Report Card. However, per the administrative rule change before the state Board of Education on May 15, the department does not intend to calculate new school classifications based on those SPI scores. In other words, school classifications currently in place would continue throughout the 2017-18 school year. Schools that have met criteria for exiting Focus and Priority school status will exit those designations.

Below is the tentative schedule for release of the 2016-17 Report Card:

  • June 9 – PRF closes; last day for districts to make changes to SY 2016-17 data in Infinite Campus
  • Aug. 16-22 – Districts review and validate data in SD-STARS. If data errors are discovered, this is the time to fix them. The Department of Education recommends districts have their Accountability Team available during this time to assist with the data review process.
  • Sept. 14 – Department provides districts with final data prior to the public release of the Report Card.
  • Sept. 14-18 – Districts share local data with key stakeholders, including boards of education.
  • Sept. 18 – Department shares state-level data from 2016-17 Report Card at South Dakota Board of Education meeting. Press release issued.
  • Sept. 19 – Report Card website goes live with state-, district- and school-level data.
  • Sept. 29 – Deadline for formal appeals to be submitted to the department.
  • Oct. 6 – Deadline for the department to make decisions on formal appeals.


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