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Welcome to the Department of Education’s press room. Here you will find the latest news relating to education in South Dakota. If you need background or statistics for a story or an expert to help interpret the information, contact Mary Stadick Smith, communications director, at (605) 773-7228.



Oct. 24, 2014
Sioux Falls teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
LeeAnna Rabine, a kindergarten teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School in Sioux Falls, received a $25,000 surprise today.
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Oct. 16, 2014
Hogie selected as 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Allen Hogie, Brandon Valley High School math teacher, has been selected as the 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.
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Sept. 15, 2014
South Dakota high school students on track to earn more than 4,000 reduced-cost dual credits
The South Dakota Board of Education heard a report today regarding enrollment in the state’s new, reduced-cost dual credit program. To date, almost 780 high school juniors and seniors have enrolled in the reduced-cost courses and are on track to earn more than 4,000 dual credits at South Dakota public universities and technical institutes.
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Sept. 15, 2014
Board holds first public hearing on proposed science standards, adopts new physical education standards
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed K-12 science standards earlier today.
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Sept. 8, 2014
Indian Education Summit to feature school board panel, student-led discussions and national speakers
The 2014 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 28-30 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.
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Aug. 20, 2014
South Dakota ACT scores remain steady, above national average
South Dakota’s ACT scores continue to be above the national average, even while an estimated 78 percent of the 2014 graduating class participated in the exam.
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Aug. 19, 2014
2014 South Dakota Report Card available
The 2014 South Dakota Report Card highlighting school performance is now available online.
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Aug. 18, 2014
Education department announces guidelines for 2014-15 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals.
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June 13 2014
Eight after-school programs funded through grant
A total of eight 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.
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June 3, 2014
Special education reports now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online.
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May 21, 2014
Summer Food Service Program sites available statewide this summer
Across South Dakota this summer, organizations that operate in low-income areas, serve groups of mostly low-income children or operate summer camps with a high proportion of low-income participants are serving as sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program.
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May 19, 2014
Board approves advanced medical imaging program at MTI and surgical tech program expansion at STI
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a new degree program at Mitchell Technical Institute and a program expansion at Southeast Technical Institute.
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May 7, 2014
State scores remain steady and higher than national average
South Dakota’s 12th grade math and reading scores on the recently released 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, are above the national average and have remained steady since the test was first administered in the state in 2009.
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April 3, 2014
CEEDAR Center teams with South Dakota to better prepare educators to serve students with disabilities
South Dakota is one of only five states selected to receive intensive technical assistance from the newly created CEEDAR Center to improve educator preparation systems to advance the achievement of students with disabilities.
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March 24, 2014
Board holds first public hearing on new physical education standards
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed K-12 physical education standards earlier today.
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March 24, 2014
Board approves electrician program at STI and aviation option at LATI
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a new degree program at Southeast Technical Institute and a program expansion at Lake Area Technical Institute.
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March 24, 2014
Governor’s technical institute tuition buy-down keeps tuition flat
Tuition at the state’s four technical institutes will remain flat for the upcoming year, thanks to a tuition buy-down that was proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and supported by the State Legislature.
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Feb. 10, 2014
South Dakota public libraries receive accreditation
Eleven South Dakota public libraries were accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2013, under a tiered accreditation system.
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Jan. 30, 2014
Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors and sites
The South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors and sites for the Summer Food Service Program.
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Jan. 27, 2014
Board approves program expansions at Western Dakota Tech
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved several program expansions at Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City.
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Jan. 13, 2014
New SD Titles to Go for Kids helps kids find e-books and audiobooks
The South Dakota Titles To Go collaborative for public libraries has expanded its services with a new kids’ website. This separate site provides safe, easy browsing of children’s e-books and audiobooks.
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Jan. 8, 2014
Grants available to fund after-school programs
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are now available. The centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement regular school instruction.
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Jan. 6, 2014
Applications open for National Youth Science Camp
Two South Dakota high school seniors will have an opportunity to travel to West Virginia this summer for the annual National Youth Science Camp, a residential science education program.
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Jan. 2, 2014
Four South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Four South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 4,120 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2013. more >>