South Dakota’s accountability system was implemented at the start of the 2012-13 school year. The model takes a thoughtful, objective, and balanced approach to defining the indicators of a strong education system, and encompasses a variety of data points that school leaders can use to inform decisions about their educational programs. The South Dakota Department of Education’s ultimate goal is that all students in the state will graduate High School College, Career and Life Ready. The accountability system aligns with this goal and seeks to spotlight successful practices, identify areas for growth, and ultimately, to ensure that all South Dakota students leave the K-12 system ready for the challenges of college and careers in the 21st century.
South Dakota’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in June 2012 and extended in June 2014. The waiver provides states with flexibility from certain provisions of No Child Left Behind. This allowed South Dakota to move forward in developing a new accountability system designed to provide a broader picture of school performance.
This waiver has three critical components:
|Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO)||ESEA Flexibility|
|Focus and Priority Schools||Reward Schools|
|State Academic Standards||Assessment|
|Teacher and Principal Effectiveness||Future Updates|
|Counselor Evaluation Document|