Students graduate high school ready for postsecondary and the workforce.

Nationwide, surveys show that many high school graduates do not meet employers' standards in a variety of academic areas, as well as in employability skills such as attendance, teamwork and collaboration, and work habits.

In South Dakota, we know that 28 percent of students who enter our public universities need to complete some sort of remedial work prior to taking college-level courses in English and math. (South Dakota High School Transition Report Dashboard)

What does this tell us? As a state, we need to continue our focus on connecting the secondary school experience with postsecondary, both two-year and four-year institutions, as well as the world of work.


  • The Department of Education seeks to provide programming and support for personalized learning opportunities at the high school level. In 2016, the South Dakota Legislature passed an education package that includes ongoing funding for Classroom Innovation Grants. Some of the initial grant recipients plan to launch customized learning models, which personalize the teaching and learning experience.

  • SDMyLife is an online academic and career planning resource administered by the department for middle and high school students.

  • The department supports and promotes the quality and availability of approved career and technical education, or CTE, programs. CTE is a rigorous, cutting-edge program that emphasizes career education for middle and high school students. CTE helps students apply what they learn by letting them explore career options with hands-on technical training while still in middle and high school.


For additional information, contact the South Dakota Department of Education
at (605) 773-3134.