Foundational Support #1

Students have access to high quality standards and instruction.

Strong, rigorous academic standards and engaging instruction provide the backbone for student learning. It is critical that we, as a state, support educators as they do the important work of helping students gain mastery of academic standards that are designed to prepare students for success in postsecondary and 21st century careers.


  • Academic content standards provide a road map for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. South Dakota's content standards are reviewed regularly, as required by state law, to ensure expectations for student learning are robust, relevant and consistent.

  • The Department of Education regularly provides teachers training to help them understand and apply content standards in an engaging manner that promotes student mastery.


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