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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
Sept. 2017  
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New PD event: Better Questions, Better Data, Better Results

The Department of Education is replacing the fall assessment workshops with comprehensive events entitled Better Questions, Better Data, Better Results.

The new workshops are designed to analyze trends in accountability and assessments that can help spark districts’ own data analyses. As examples, some districts may be interested in questions like the following:

  • Why are my boys in the middle grades not performing as well as the girls in ELA?
  • Are my students on IEPs making growth?
  • Why did some of my elementary students get a zero for the Smarter Balanced writing prompt?
  • What can I do to improve the progress of my English learners so they are proficient?

Department staff will share strategies used at the state level, and there will be opportunities for workshop participants to begin to formulate strategies for answering local questions, while understanding the interplay of various indicators and data systems available and finding out where to go for help. Time also will be spent reviewing the changes in how data, including assessment data, will be used for accountability as part of the new ESSA Report Card.

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