High School Graduation Requirements (2018)

South Dakota’s current requirements for graduation were passed by the Board of Education Standards on July 16, 2018. Those requirements are outlined in South Dakota Administrative Rule 24:43:11. The requirements include a base of required coursework and the ability for students to earn endorsements on top of that base. The requirements are designed to provide flexibility for students to meet their postsecondary and career aspirations within a framework of general requirements.

Documents and Links
2018 Graduation Requirements Handbook
2018 Graduation Requirements Infographic
Implementation of 2018 Graduation Requirements
Proposed Graduation Requirements Comparison with Current Requirements
Proposed Graduation Requirements Background
State-Approved Industry-Recognized Credentials (updated 5/02/18)
Guidelines for Replacing Science Electives with Advanced Computer Science Courses (updated 8/22/18)
Making Sense of South Dakota’s Proposed Graduation Requirements
Disabilities Policy (Updated Nov 2018)
Graduation Coding Guidance for Students on an IEP
Advising/Transcript Audit Checklist
Advising/Transcript Audit Checklist – including Assessment Scores
PowerPoint Template for Schools on 2018 Graduation Requirements
Questions & Answers on Report Cards and Transcripts for Students with Disabilities

18 Compulsory School Age
Carol Uecker, 605-773-4771
Course Codes
Career and Technical Education
Division of CTE, 605-773-3423
Course Requirements to Graduate
Andrea Diehm, 605-773-4150
Fine Arts, Science, Social Studies
Nicol Reiner, 605-295-2507
Course Content Standards
English/Language Arts, World Language
Teresa Berndt, 605-773-4662
Health Education, Physical Education
Stephanie Higdon, 605-295-8190
English Language Learners (ELL)
Yutzil Becker, 605-773-4698
End-of-Course Exams
Chris Booth, 605-773-6156
Online Courses < South Dakota Virtual School (SDVS)
Sherry Dickerson, 605-773-2490
Home School
Carol Uecker, 605-773-4771
Teacher Certification
certification@state.sd.us, 605-773-2490
Special Education (SPED) or IEP
See Regional Contacts at http://doe.sd.gov/oess/documents/17-SPED-reps.pdf