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Aug. 15, 2022
Proposed Social Studies, CTE standards released
Proposed standards for Social Studies and several Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas have been released. Members of the public are invited to read the standards and provide public comment.

Aug. 8, 2022
CTE Innovative Equipment Grants now available
DOE's Office of Career and Technical Education is now accepting applications for CTE Innovative Equipment Grants. Entities may apply as a single district or as a consortium for award amounts of $100,000 to $250,000. Applications are due Nov. 1.

Aug. 8, 2022
New leadership opportunity targets teachers
Applications are open for the new Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy. This FREE academy offers South Dakota teachers an experience-based learning opportunity to develop their leadership skills and explore administrative roles and responsibilities in schools. This opportunity is being offered by the Board of Regents and Department of Education.

July 28, 2022
Submit directory information by Sept. 1
The annual submission of school directory information for the 2022-23 school year must be completed by Sept. 1, 2022. School directory information includes the names, titles, and contact information for administrative positions within your school(s) and district. If you are new to the district or need a password reset, please send an email requesting password information to

July 11, 2022
South Dakota receives highest IDEA ratings
South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for Parts B and C for federal fiscal year 2020. The state is one of only 15 across the country to meet the requirements of IDEA under both Parts B and C, according to information released recently from the U.S. Department of Education.

July 8, 2022
Educator evaluation system available at no cost
All South Dakota public school districts can receive state-paid licenses to use an employee evaluation management system through Frontline Education, which houses evaluation rubrics and forms, provides an electronic platform to gather and store evidence, and more. Frontline Professional Growth matches the state recommended Teacher Effectiveness Model and the recommended Evaluation and Professional Growth Process. Information about school year 2022-23 trainings can be found on the department's Frontline Education webpage, under the Employee Evaluation Management heading.

July 1, 2022
Applications open for Statewide Mentoring Program
The Statewide Mentoring Program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years and participation in a summer academy following the first and second year of employment. Applications for the 2022-23 school year are now open. Please share this information with your first-year teachers. Mentors and new teachers who complete the mentoring program meet the credit requirements to renew their teaching certificate. Visit the Statewide Mentoring Program webpage for applications and more information.

July 1, 2022
Improve student learning through assessment and data literacy
The Department of Education is recruiting regional coaches, school/district practitioners, and university faculty to participate in a Classroom Assessment and Data Literacy Initiative throughout school year 2022-23. The goal of the initiative is to cultivate assessment and data literacy among educators, school/district leaders, and pre-service teachers in order to improve student learning. Participants will attend a series of meetings and complete professional learning modules, independent practice activities, follow-up discussions and coaching, and strategic planning for scaling and sustaining the work. Interested individuals should complete this survey before Aug. 31. Questions? Email Matt Gill in DOE's Office of Assessment and Accountability.

July 1, 2022
Changes to accountability rules proposed
The department is proposing changes to ARSD 24:55 Public School Accountability System. The Board of Education Standards will take up the proposal July 18 in Pierre. The proposed rules will revise criteria pertaining to attendance, coursework readiness, exiting the English learner program, and comprehensive and targeted support designation calculations. Visit to learn more. Follow the Department of Education link, then look for "ARSD 24:55 (Public School Accountability)." Click the comment deadline date to provide public comment.