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2024

May 14, 2024
CTE grants awarded to South Dakota schools
The Department of Education has awarded four grants totaling nearly $3.8 million to school districts to purchase equipment for new or existing career and technical education (CTE) programs.


May 13, 2024
IEP Workshops and Special Education Professional Development
The Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs is offering a variety of professional development this summer and fall.


May 6, 2024
South Dakota celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week and recognizes Regional Teachers of the Year
May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to celebrate the teachers who dedicate their time and energy to the futures of the youngest citizens in South Dakota communities.


May 6, 2024
Public hearings to address Administrative Rule changes
The Board of Education Standards will hold two public hearings regarding proposed Administrative Rule changes at its May 20 meeting: 1) ARSD 24:28 -Educator Certification, and 2) ARSD 24:28 - Educator Permits.


May 2, 2024
2024 Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Four South Dakota Workforce Education Grants totaling $840,051.39 have been awarded to South Dakota public school districts. The Workforce Education Grant program is designed to make transformative change for career and technical education (CTE) programs offered in middle and high schools throughout the state.


April 29, 2024
Board of Education Standards adopts new Science standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards approved new Science standards at its meeting last week. The board also approved new CTE Government & Public Administration standards.


April 22, 2024
Sign up now to start Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program
Interested in implementing JAG-South Dakota in your school in 2024-25? Space for new schools is limited; the deadline to provide notice of intent to participate is April 26. Questions? Contact Beth Schneider at the department.


April 8, 2024
Board of Education Standards to meet April 22
The meeting will include the last of four public hearings on proposed new academic content standards for Science and CTE Government/Public Administration. The meeting also will include first readings on proposed rule changes related to: suicide awareness training (moving the verification from certification to accreditation) and educator permits (tentative).


April 5, 2024
Teacher apprenticeship program to launch 2nd cohort this summer
South Dakota's successful Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Pathway will be expanding, thanks to funding provided by the state legislature. Applications are now being accepted for a cohort that will start this July. The program has room for up to 90 apprentices.


March 27, 2024
Free educational resources available to programs that serve youth
Professionals who work in out-of-school-time programs are invited to attend Path2Impact launch events across South Dakota. The launch events will provide participants with access to more than 350 lesson plans to use in their daily programming.


March 25, 2024
MTSS Summer Conference, June 25-26, at Arrowwood Cedar Shores in Oacoma
The agenda includes these topics: Adolescent Literacy Instruction and Interventions and Classroom Management: Addressing Escalating Behaviors. The event is open to any educator; you do not have to be part of an MTSS school/program.


March 18, 2024
Celebrate South Dakota Week of Work
April 8-12 is South Dakota Week of Work. It's a time set aside to engage in, promote, and celebrate work-based learning in South Dakota schools. The department has a host of resources, including a Celebration Kit, available on the Week of Work website.


March 13, 2024
Gov. Noem Signs Teacher Compensation and Literacy Bills into Law
Governor Kristi Noem signed SB 127, which establishes a minimum teacher salary and revises the requirements pertaining to average teacher compensation, and HB 1022, which make an appropriation to the Department of Education to provide professional development in literacy to teachers.


March 11, 2024
Apply now for 21st Century School Library Award
The 21st Century School Library Award application is open through May 1. This award recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st century school library through its place, professional, and program as outlined in the South Dakota School Library Guidelines.


March 6, 2024
DOE announces 2024 Special Education Staff of the Year
The Department of Education's 2024 Special Education Staff of the Year is Julie Williams, a speech language pathologist and assistant special education director at Gettysburg School District.


March 4, 2024
JAG-SD students to attend Career Development Conference
Approximately 180 students from Jobs for America's Graduates - South Dakota (JAG-SD) will attend the 2024 JAG-SD Career Development Conference March 5 on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) in Mitchell.


March 4, 2024
Seeking educators to participate in item review for state's alternate assessments
South Dakota special education educators are invited to apply to review test items for the alternate English Language Arts and alternate Math assessments. South Dakota belongs to a consortium, the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA), for these assessments.


March 4, 2024
State Historical Society selects 2024 History Teacher of the Year
JoAnne Bohl of Hartford is the South Dakota State Historical Society’s History Teacher of the Year for 2024.


Feb. 29, 2024
Apply now for 2024 CTE grants
The department's Office of Career and Technical Education recently announced two grant opportunities related to career and technical education. Learn more about Workforce Education Grants, due March 29, and CTE Collaborative Equipment Grants, due April 26.


Feb. 26, 2024
Let's talk about CTE!
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a time to consider the advantages that a good CTE program can bestow upon a school and community.


Feb. 20, 2024
Three South Dakota counselors and teachers earn National Board Certification
Two South Dakota school counselors and one teacher earned national certifications in 2023, demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill in their professions.


Feb. 20, 2024
New course covers Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings
This Office of Indian Education has created the OSEUS training course to assist administrators and teachers in integrating the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings into their schools and classrooms.


Feb. 12, 2024
JAG-SD students to "Continue the Conversation" in Pierre
Jobs for America's Graduate students to attend committee meetings, visit the House and Senate floors, and tour the Capitol.


Feb. 5, 2024
Reminder: Submit District Teacher of the Year for state
recognition program by March 1

District TOYs will be invited to submit an application for their Region's Teacher of the Year. The South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be chosen from this pool of five Region Teachers of the Year.


Jan. 29, 2024
Board of Education Standards votes to remove SLO requirement
The Board of Education Standards approved changes to ARSD 24:57, which will make Student Learning Objectives an optional part of the teacher evaluation process. The rules will go before the Legislature's Rules Review Committee later this spring.


Jan. 22, 2024
Hagen-Harvey Scholarship application now open
The Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial state scholarship program is for enrolled members of American Indian tribes. Once approved, recipients will be authorized to receive up to four years of funding, depending on year of attendance.


Jan. 16, 2024
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards will meet
Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. (CT) in Pierre

The board will hold the 3rd of four public hearings on proposed new Science standards and CTE standards. The board also will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to ARSD 24:57 (Teacher Performance Standards and Evaluation).


Jan. 8, 2024
DOE proposing amendments to ESSA State Plan
The changes are based primarily on feedback given by the Accountability Workgroup, comprised of superintendents, principals, assessment coordinators, and educators from across the state. DOE is accepting public comment regarding the proposed changes Jan. 8-22.

2023

Dec. 20, 2023
Mission music teacher surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Albert Her Many Horses, a music and Lakota language teacher, received the prestigious Milken Educator Award for his work at Todd County Middle School on the Rosebud Reservation.


Dec. 19, 2023
Help us find 2024 SD History Teacher of the Year
The South Dakota State Historical Society is looking for nominations for the 2024 South Dakota History Teacher of the Year. Nominees for this award may be elementary or secondary teachers of history or social studies.


Dec. 18, 2023
Seven South Dakota public libraries earn accreditation
These accreditations designate these libraries as some of the best in the state. Accreditations signify that they are meeting important benchmarks for providing high quality library services to their communities.


Dec. 18, 2023
New school counseling model available
The Department of Education (DOE) has published the South Dakota Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model (5th Edition). This model provides a "road map" to help school counselors implement a data-informed school counseling program that makes an impact on all students with student achievement and success.


Dec. 08, 2023
Grants to support out-of-school time learning
The South Dakota Department of Education is supporting out-of-school time programs statewide. Such programs are encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) grants.


Nov. 28, 2023
Make a difference in your community: Sponsor a Summer Food Service Program
The South Dakota Department of Education's division of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for the Summer Food Service Program, which provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.


Nov. 27, 2023
Students to represent JAG-SD at national leadership event in Washington, D.C.
Five students enrolled in South Dakota's Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG-SD) program have been selected to represent their peers at the JAG National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C., Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.


Nov. 16, 2023
Hamlin School District awarded CTE Collaborative Equipment Grant
Hamlin School District has been awarded $1.2 million to equip its new career and technical education (CTE) facility.


Nov. 8, 2023
Grants awarded to address challenges of absenteeism
Four South Dakota school districts have been awarded Addressing Chronic Absenteeism Grants. These grants were awarded on a competitive basis to high-needs school districts.


Nov. 13, 2023
Board to host 2nd hearing on proposed Science, CTE standards
The Board of Education Standards will meet Nov. 20 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. The board will hold the second of four public hearings for proposed Science standards and proposed CTE Government and Public Administration Cluster standards.


Nov. 2, 2023
Kadoka and Longfellow Elementary Schools honored as National ESEA Distinguished Schools
Two South Dakota schools have been recognized as National ESEA Distinguished Schools. Kadoka Elementary School and Longfellow Elementary School (Mitchell) were identified for their exceptional student performance and academic growth.


Oct. 30, 2023
Call for proposals: SD Mentoring Program Summer Academy
If you would like to present on topics such as student engagement, classroom management, using effective assessments, or other topics of value to new teachers, please consider sending a presentation proposal to the DOE. There will be a summer academy on each side of the state: June 5-6, 2024, in Sioux Falls and June 12-13, 2024, in Rapid City.


Oct. 16, 2023
Board of Education standards to meet Oct. 20, 9 a.m. (CT), in Aberdeen
The board will hold the first of four public hearings regarding proposed academic content standards for Science and for Government and Public Administration (CTE cluster). Public comment on the proposed standards is now being accepted.


Oct. 13, 2023
Annual Report Card of school performance shows positive growth
The 2022-23 Report Card outlining performance of South Dakota's public schools shows promising growth in key data at the school, district, and state levels.


Oct. 11, 2023
South Dakota outperforms nation on ACT
ACT has released its 2023 results. South Dakota students earned an average composite score of 21.1, which is above the national average and the highest in the region.


Oct. 10, 2023
Call for proposals: 2024 Civics and History Summit
Are you an experienced educator with an interesting and proven way to teach a particular history, geography, government, or civics topic aligned to the new South Dakota Social Studies Standards? Consider submitting a proposal to present your lesson to break-out groups at the 2024 Civics and History Summit, June 3-4, 2024, in Sioux Falls.


Sept. 25, 2023
Apply now for National School Lunch Program equipment grants
Qualified schools can apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) SY 2023-24 grant funding to purchase new equipment or to renovate existing equipment used in their school food service program. This is a competitive grant process. Grants must be used for equipment purchases of $1,000 or more, and awards will not exceed $25,000 per applicant. Applications are due Oct. 27


Sept. 18, 2023
Science and certain CTE standards under review
The South Dakota Science Standards and the Government & Public Administration Cluster Standards are now under review. Both sets of standards were developed with input from South Dakota educators. They will go through a series of four public hearings hosted by the Board of Education Standards – with the first hearing to be held at the board’s Oct. 20 meeting in Aberdeen. The Department of Education (DOE) is currently taking written public comment on the proposed standards.


Sept. 5, 2023
Addressing Chronic Absenteeism grants available
The Addressing Chronic Absenteeism (Round 2) grant application period is now open. These are competitive grants aimed at eliminating chronic absenteeism by providing students with safe, healthy, and engaging learning environments. Applications are due Sept. 18, 2023. Public school districts that meet the grant's definition of high-need Local Education Agency are eligible to apply. Grant requests may be up to $500,000 and must be obligated prior to June 30, 2026.


Sept. 5, 2023
Apply now for CTE Collaborative Equipment Grants
The Department of Education's Office of Career and Technical Education has announced the application window for CTE Collaborative Equipment Grants is now open. The intent of the grants is to support and modernize career and technical education (CTE) programs across South Dakota for multiple school districts that collaborate to expand CTE opportunities to more students. The grants will provide equipment critical to helping students be prepared for in-demand, high-wage, high-skill careers.


Aug. 31, 2023
Eligible families may apply for free or reduced-price meals for school year 2023-24
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education has announced the free and reduced-price policy for free milk or free and reduced-price meals. The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, and/or the Child and Adult Care Food Program.


Aug. 23, 2023
Department of Education launches statewide effort to build better readers
"The ability to read is foundational to all learning. Up until about 3rd grade, students are learning to read; after that, they are reading to learn," said Secretary of Education Joseph Graves. "Therefore, it's critical that our students have strong reading skills early in their educational careers."


Aug. 21, 2023
DOE launches teacher recruitment/retention campaign
South Dakota teachers share their stories, focusing on the rewards of the profession, in a new teacher recruitment/retention campaign. The campaign invites young people, and those looking for a career change, to consider the education field - where you can "Make a Future Making Futures."


Aug. 21, 2023
FREE Science of Reading-based professional development offered by DOE
AIM Pathways is an online, interactive professional development that offers training in the Science of Reading teaching practices. Find opportunities for the entire school staff, from paraprofessionals to teachers to administrators.


Aug. 21, 2023
One-stop shop for work-based learning resources now available
The South Dakota Departments of Education and Labor and Regulation have unveiled a new website, designed to be the hub for work-based learning. The new website features learning guides, tools, and resources to help educators, students, parents, and businesses.


Aug. 11, 2023
Seven students receive Hagen-Harvey scholarships
Seven students have received Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarships. The scholarship program provides up to $6,000 over four years for study at an accredited university, college, or technical college located in South Dakota to enrolled members of American Indian tribes.


July 17, 2023
Teachers "hit the road" to discover state history, bring back to classrooms
Approximately 240 elementary and middle school educators began a week-long trek today, to explore the people, places, and events that figure prominently in South Dakota history. One group of teachers departed Sioux Falls for an East River history tour, while another left Rapid City for a West River tour.


July 14, 2023
South Dakota earns JAG's prestigious 6-of-6 National Network Award
South Dakota and three local Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) programs were recognized for achieving the prestigious "6-of-6 Award" at the JAG National Training Seminar in Louisville, Ky., this week.

July 10, 2023
South Dakota again receives highest ratings under IDEA
South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for federal fiscal year 2021.


July 10, 2023
Governor Noem announces Teacher Apprenticeship Pathway

Today, Governor Noem announced that more than 90 teachers' aides have been selected to participate in South Dakota's Teacher Apprenticeship Pathway. This pilot program will launch with the 2023-2024 school year and result in these apprentices gaining teacher certifications.


May 31, 2023
Five out-of-school time programs receive funding

Five 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year's grant recipients join 25 existing grant recipients.


May 31, 2023
Special education reports now available online

Information regarding school districts' performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online. The Special Education Report is released annually by June 1.


May 23, 2023
Action postponed on dual credit rules

The Board of Education Standards voted unanimously to postpone action on the proposed dual credit rules until its July meeting.


May 18, 2023
Teacher apprenticeship pilot to launch next fall

The Department of Education, and its partners, announce the new Teacher Apprenticeship Pathway pilot, which will begin in the 2023-24 school year. The program's intent is to take successful para-educators, or teacher aides, and help them pursue certification to become fully accredited teachers.


May 16, 2023
Regional Teachers of the Year announced

Congratulations to the newly announced Regional Teachers of the Year. One of these individuals will be selected as the South Dakota Teacher of the Year later this fall and will represent the state in the national competition.


May 16, 2023
Board to address proposed dual credit rule changes

The Board of Education Standards will consider proposed changes to ARSD 24:43 (Dual Credit) at its May 22 meeting. The effect of the rules will be to require all schools to uniformly transcribe postsecondary credits onto a student's high school transcript. The reason for adopting the proposed rules is to comply with SB 182, which was passed during the 2023 legislative session. Public comment can be made until May 19.


May 8, 2023
Observing Teacher Appreciation Week

The Department of Education (DOE) will be observing Teacher Appreciation Week May 8-12 this year. Our staff will be visiting various locations to recognize South Dakota teachers for their commitment to students and learning. Secretary of Education Joseph Graves shared his thanks in an email to teachers across the state last Friday.


May 8, 2023
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Department of Education makes available a variety of resources for educators on this topic. Check out this one-page summary of resources for educators or visit our Mental Health webpage to learn more.


April 25, 2023
2023 Workforce Education Grant recipients announced

Five South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $822,250 have been awarded to South Dakota public school districts. In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund. Part of that fund was designated to provide grants for career and technical education (CTE) programs in secondary schools.


April 18, 2023
Two new schools to offer Jobs for America's Graduates in 2023-24

Huron High School and St. Francis Indian School will join the ranks of schools offering the Jobs for America's Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) program next year, bringing the total number of programs in South Dakota to 13.


April 11, 2023
State board to meet April 17

The Board of Education Standards will meet Monday, April 17, in Pierre. The agenda includes the 4th and final hearing for proposed Career and Technical Education standards and Social Studies standards. There also will be a public hearing for proposed rule changes related to student teacher permits, and a first reading of proposed rules for transcribing dual credit.


April 4, 2023
Start a JAG program to support graduation

Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is a program that has proven to help students persist through graduation. The model achieves results - routinely boasting a 100 percent graduation rate during its implementation in South Dakota. Consider a program for your school. Deadline to sign up is April 28.


April 4, 2023
Updated Social Studies standards available

An updated version of the proposed Social Studies standards (titled "Revised Proposed 3/30/23") has been posted on the department's website. The document reflects changes made since the board's last meeting, including adding Juneteenth to kindergarten standard K.SS.4. The final public hearing on these standards takes place April 17 in Pierre.


March 20, 2023
Taking public comment on proposed rule changes related to student teachers

The Board of Education Standards will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to ARSD 24:28:09 (Educator Permit Requirements) at its April 17 meeting in Pierre.


March 13, 2023
Testing window extended

Due to the amount of snow days experienced this year, the department has decided to extend the testing window for the math, English language arts, science, and science-alternate assessments by one week. The online testing window will now close on Friday, May 12.


March 8, 2023
Apply for Out-of-School Time Expansion Grants

Existing out-of-school time (OST) programs in South Dakota have the opportunity to apply for $50,000 to $200,000 grants to expand their existing programs. Applicants must be local education agencies, educational cooperatives, or nonprofit community-based organizations that support the academic school day during out-of-school time programs.


March 3, 2023
2023 Perkins Reserve Grant recipients announced

Four South Dakota school districts have been chosen to receive South Dakota Perkins Reserve Grants, totaling $151,993. These funds will be used to provide major equipment upgrades to career and technical education (CTE) programs.


Feb. 15, 2023
Listening sessions focusing on preschool services scheduled statewide in March

The South Dakota departments of Education and Social Services are conducting a study to assist the state in understanding the current landscape of preschool education (for children ages 3-5) in South Dakota. Parents, preschool teachers, administrators, business partners, and community members with information to share about preschool where they live are invited to participate in listening sessions. Sessions will be held in Brookings, Aberdeen, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Chamberlain, and online. These flyers in English and Spanish can be shared widely to help promote this opportunity. Questions? Please contact Carrie Germeroth with Marzano Research.


Feb. 6, 2023
Save the date for South Dakota Week of Work

The 2023 South Dakota Week of Work is set for April 3-7. This timeline is intended to help you prepare your school and community. This week is the perfect time to host interactive opportunities connecting students with local businesses. It's also an opportunity to publicly celebrate the wonderful things your school does for work-based learning all year long. There will be a celebration kit coming soon to the Week of Work website with printable templates and resources. The website also has a library of virtual career videos that can be used on demand. Email Kristin Larson at DOE your questions about Week of Work.


Feb. 1, 2023
Free, online tutoring available for K-12 students

The Dakota Dreams Online Tutoring Program is back from winter break and prepared to help students succeed academically. Available on-demand or by scheduling in advance, tutoring sessions are a great option for students to access after-school homework help. Tutors (teachers-in-training at Black Hills State and Northern State) are available every day of the week. Tutors find that sessions are most effective when students have specific assignments to work on with their tutor. Teachers can use this tool to send home information about the program to families. Teachers can include information about academic focus, or better yet, provide the student with some homework that could be used to guide the tutoring session. Questions about the program can be directed to onlinetutoring@sdbor.edu.


Jan. 17, 2023
Revised version of proposed social studies standards now available

A revised version of the proposed academic content standards for social studies - primarily addressing geography standards and certain translations - is now available. The revised proposal, along with a summary of changes, is available on DOE's website. Department staff will outline the revisions at the next public hearing for the standards, which is set for Feb. 10 in Rapid City.


Jan. 9, 2023
Graves appointed Secretary of Education

Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves as Secretary of Education. Dr. Graves has served as superintendent of the Mitchell School District since 2000. Before that he served as superintendent of several school districts in Iowa between 1991 and 2000. He began teaching in 1986. His appointment will be effective Jan. 10. Congratulations, Secretary Graves.


Jan. 9, 2023
DLR awards apprenticeship grant to DSU

As previously shared, the department is working with partners in the field to explore and pursue development of a teacher apprenticeship pathway program in South Dakota. Recently, the Department of Labor and Regulation awarded an apprenticeship grant to Dakota State University. This fits into the broader vision of the work currently being undertaken. We will share updates about the emerging program as appropriate.


Jan. 3, 2023
Legislative session starts Jan. 10

The 2023 legislative session will kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 10, with Governor Noem's State of the State address. Visit the Legislative Research Council's website to follow all of the action, including links to livestreamed meetings.


Jan. 3, 2023
Board of Education Standards meeting dates set for 2023

The Board of Education Standards meeting dates for 2023 have been posted at boardsandcommissions.sd.gov. Meeting dates/locations/times may be subject to change. Agendas are typically posted a week in advance.


Jan. 3, 2023
Seeking public comment: Proposed changes to accountability for SY 2022-23

The Department of Education is seeking public comment on an amendment to its State Plan required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as revised by the Every Student Succeeds Act. If approved, the amendment would impact accountability for the 2022-23 school year (Report Card issued fall 2023). Learn more on our Every Student Succeeds Act webpage. Public comment will be accepted until Jan. 13.

2022

Dec. 22, 2022
Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21CCLC grant funding

Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21CCLC, grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply. The learning centers are intended to assist students from high-poverty and low-performing schools by providing academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement regular school instruction. Locations that provide care for students outside of the normal school day are encouraged to apply.


Dec. 22, 2022
South Dakota dual credit program featured in national report

The Education Commission of the States recently published a report that delves into funding models for dual enrollment programs. South Dakota's dual credit and concurrent enrollment programs are included as one of four state case studies. Along with Alabama, North Carolina, and Rhode Island, the states represent distribution in terms of geography, size, and urbanicity. Read State Approaches to Funding Dual Enrollment Programs.


Dec. 1, 2022
School districts receive $3M in Innovative Equipment Grants
Seventeen South Dakota school districts will receive over $3 million in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovative Equipment Grants to implement emerging technology and modern equipment in CTE programs.


Nov. 30, 2022
Safe2Say South Dakota now active
Safe2Say South Dakota is a statewide tip line that allows South Dakota students, school staff, and community members to safely and anonymously report sensitive information that concerns their safety or the safety of others, including mental health concerns. Safe2Say South Dakota operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone with information about a potentially dangerous situation can call the toll-free number at 1-844-3SD-SAFE (1-844-373-7233), make a web report by clicking the Submit a Tip Online button, or by downloading the mobile app and making a report from a smartphone or digital device. Questions? Contact the SD School Safety Center.


Nov. 30, 2022
Preschool survey open until Dec. 16
The South Dakota Departments of Education and Social Services are conducting a survey to assist the state in understanding the current landscape of preschool education (for children ages 3-5) in South Dakota. This is the first step in a statewide study to capture valuable information about the preschool opportunities currently available to families across the state. The survey is targeted to families, teachers, and administrators. The survey will close Dec. 16.


Nov. 14, 2022
General fund cash balance accountability waiver extended
Last week, the Legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations accepted the School Finance Accountability Board's recommendation to extend the waiver of the general fund cash balance accountability an additional year. This action extends the waiver through the end of FY 2024.


Nov. 8, 2022
School Nutrition Program equipment grants available
National School Lunch Program equipment grants are now available for school year 2022-23. More than $250,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding was received, which is more than four times the amount typically awarded. Find more information and the application on the Child and Adult Nutrition Services School Nutrition Program webpage under the "Equipment Grants" heading. Applications are due by mail, not email, and must be postmarked by Nov. 30, 2022.


Oct. 27, 2022
Coming in early 2023: SD Educator Certification Portal
The South Dakota Educator Certification Portal will be a one-stop shop for educators and schools that integrates the certification application system with Teacher 411 and the Personnel Record Form. This new system is designed with the user and customer service in mind. More information to come.


Oct. 24, 2022
Nation's Report Card released: South Dakota performing well compared to nation
Results of the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released earlier today. While some states experienced double-digit declines in average test scores, South Dakota scores stayed above the national average and experienced less volatility than other states.


Oct. 13, 2022
South Dakota public schools weather pandemic well
The Department of Education published the 2021-22 Report Card today. The online resource provides a wealth of data to help parents, educators, and community and state leaders understand how their public schools perform on select metrics.


Oct. 12, 2022
South Dakota outperforms nation on ACT
South Dakota's graduating class of 2022 earned an average ACT composite score of 21.5, which is above the national average of 19.8 and the highest among neighboring states. Considering the state's public school test-takers only, the average composite score was 21.6. The ACT is used to gain admission into colleges and universities throughout the country and for scholarship consideration.


Oct. 11, 2022
South Dakota schools recognized as 2022 National ESEA Distinguished Schools
The South Dakota Department of Education is pleased to announce that Lake Preston Elementary and Whitewood Elementary (Meade School District) have been named 2022 National ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Distinguished Schools. They will be honored at the National ESEA Conference to be held in February 2023.


Oct. 7, 2022
Teacher Feature: 2023 SD Teacher of the Year nominees
Meet South Dakota's Regional Teachers of the Year. One of these outstanding educators will be named 2023 State Teacher of the Year on Oct. 13:


Oct. 6, 2022
Free, online tutoring available for K-12 students
South Dakota students and families can access a new, online tutoring program, staffed by college students who are preparing to become teachers. The Dakota Dreams Online Tutoring Program offers FREE online tutoring to K-12 students. One-on-one tutoring sessions can help students with their homework, tackle specific trouble areas, and address broader educational concepts. Families must first register their students to access the service.


Sept. 22, 2022
DOE launches Good to Great Teachers mentoring program
We are launching Good to Great Teachers, a mentoring program aimed at empowering teachers in years 3-5 of their career by increasing teacher effectiveness and fostering self-efficacy. Experienced educators will guide small cohorts of participants through reflective practices to increase confidence in four key areas: communication skills, reflective practice, classroom management, and student engagement. Teachers who successfully complete the program will earn three graduate credits. Apply by Oct. 7.


Sept. 22, 2022
Celebrate the 2022 South Dakota Crunch Off
The South Dakota Crunch Off is a statewide event to celebrate local produce and Farm to School by crunching into any South Dakota grown "crunchy" fruit or vegetable. Anyone can participate. Simply register your crunch event and post a photo or video crunching to social media with #SouthDakotaCrunch. South Dakota Crunch Off events may occur anytime between Sept. 26 and Oct. 7, 2022. Learn more and register your event.


Sept. 19, 2022
Congratulations to South Dakota's newest National Blue Ribbon Schools
Ethan Elementary, Holy Spirit Elementary (Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools), Sonia Sotomayor Elementary (Sioux Falls), and Timber Lake Elementary have been named 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Across the country, 297 schools received this prestigious honor. National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective school practices for state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation.


Sept. 19, 2022
September is Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide is the leading cause of death among youth aged 10-19. Educators have the power to make a difference. Reach out to Becky Cain in our Office of Student Wellness and Supports if you need ideas about where to start. As of July 16, 988 is the national three-digit phone number for all mental health, substance use, and suicide crises. Materials are available for schools to order to help promote 988 and BeThe1SD.


Sept. 19, 2022
Connect students with career possibilities
The Future Workforce Finder is an online matching system that gives students and businesses across South Dakota a new way to connect. The goal of the Future Workforce Finder is two-fold: attract potential employees for business and industry and allow students to explore careers available in their home state. South Dakota businesses have begun to register and showcase student opportunities like internships, job shadows, tours, and classroom visits. Educators can now create accounts and start exploring opportunities. Educators are also encouraged to share this resource with businesses in their community and encourage them to sign up if they haven't done so already. This employer engagement resource for schools offers tips for deepening connections with businesses in your community.


Aug. 23, 2022
K-5 STEM Education Grants available
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education can play a pivotal role in encouraging students to be active participants in their own learning. The Department of Education is offering K-5 STEM Education Grants designed to support the development of new, and expansion of existing, K-5 STEM programming, materials, and resources. Eligible applicants are nonprofit community-based organizations, education cooperatives, and public school districts.


Aug. 19, 2022
Board of Education Standards meeting postponed
The next meeting of the South Dakota Board of Education Standards has been postponed and a new meeting date will be announced soon. This meeting would have included a public hearing to consider the adoption and amendment of proposed rules. The meeting was previously scheduled for Aug. 22 and is being postponed to review comments that have been submitted.


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
State board to hold public hearing
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards will consider rules designed to prohibit the adoption of academic content standards that promote inherently divisive concepts and to revise language regarding waivers of administrative rules, at its meeting Aug. 22. Public comment is now being accepted via rules.sd.gov.


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.


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.


July 18, 2022
School meal applications required for SY 2022-23
Families that may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals will need to submit an application for SY 2022-23. Waivers that allowed schools to serve universal free meals, due to the pandemic, have expired. Schools should communicate early and often with families about the application process.


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 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. 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
USDA issues transitional nutrition standards for next two school years
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced school nutrition standards for school years 2022-23 and 2023-24. This rule will provide a transition period by establishing nutrition standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium for the next two school years while USDA works with schools, industry, families, and other partners to develop long-term standards to be in place by SY 2024-25. Learn more on USDA's Building Back Better with School Meals website.


July 1, 2022
Is your school truly PREPaREd to respond to a crisis?
Do you have plans in place to keep your students not only physically safe, but also psychologically safe in the event of a crisis? The state currently has grant funding to make PREPaRE workshops available at no cost to school professionals across South Dakota. Find more information on these workshops. Questions? Email Amber.Kilburn@usd.edu.


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 https://rules.sd.gov/ 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.


May 17, 2022
Win $10K Governor Noem announces three West River schools named winners of $300K in fitness equipment
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and fitness icon Jake "Body by Jake" Steinfeld announced the winners of the DON'T QUIT! Fitness Center campaign, awarding three West River schools $300,000 in fitness equipment.