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State considers changes to accountability system

South Dakota is considering changes to its new accountability system. Those changes were introduced at a state Board of Education meeting Nov. 18 in Pierre. A summary of the key changes is below. The proposal will be put out for public comment this winter, prior to the state applying for an extension of its ESEA Flexibility Waiver for an additional year.

- Take the indicator for Teacher/Principal Effectiveness out of the School Performance Index, or SPI
    • While aggregate data surrounding effectiveness would still be reported, schools would not receive SPI points for this item.

- Take the indicator for School Climate out of the SPI
    • Instead, embed “climate” into work with Priority Schools.

- Create a special audit process for schools with unique mission

- Use three years of data for the Student Achievement indicator

- Re-consider how Attendance indicator is calculated

- Make the NCRC/WorkKeys assessment optional for districts to administer to 11th or 12th graders
    • For districts that chose to administer, up to 10 points of the College and Career Readiness indicator would come from NCRC/WorkKeys.

Please be watching for more information on this important topic.

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