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Welcome to the Department of Education's press room. Here you will find the latest news relating to education in South Dakota. If you need background or statistics for a story or an expert to help interpret the information, contact Mary Stadick Smith at (605) 773-7228.

2024

Feb. 20, 2023
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.
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Feb. 12, 2023
JAG-SD students to "Continue the Conversation" in Pierre
Student leaders from Jobs for America's Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) program will gather in Pierre on Feb. 13 to meet with legislators and other government officials as part of a larger statewide project called Capitol Conversations.
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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. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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South Dakota outperforms nation on ACT 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.
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Sept. 28, 2023
Hawkins selected as 2024 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
George Hawkins, a social studies teacher at Jefferson High School in Sioux Falls, has been named the 2024 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Joseph Graves made the announcement at a banquet at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell.
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Sept. 19, 2023
Three South Dakota schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools
Three South Dakota schools have been identified as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The award recognizes schools for their excellence in overall academic performance or for their progress in closing the achievement gap among diverse groups of students.
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Aug. 23, 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. The administrative office of each school or agency that participates in any of these federal programs have a copy of the policy available for review.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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June 22, 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.
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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.
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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.
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May 7, 2023
Regional Teachers of the Year announced
May 8-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week. As part of the observance, the Department of Education is recognizing five outstanding educators as South Dakota's Regional Teachers of the Year. One of these individuals will be selected as the state Teacher of the Year later this fall.


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.
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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.
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April 3, 2023
Students to explore careers during South Dakota Week of Work
The annual South Dakota Week of Work is scheduled for April 3-7. During the week, middle and high school students will connect with local businesses and explore potential careers in South Dakota. It is also a time to celebrate work-based learning partnerships that happen year-round.
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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.
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March 8, 2023
First JAG-SD state officers selected
The first delegation of state officers for the Jobs for America's Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) Career Association has been named. These inaugural JAG-SD state officers will forge a path for further development of JAG-SD. State officers will lend a student voice to policy development; help to plan and run statewide student events; and serve as ambassadors for JAG-SD at state and national events.
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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.
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Feb. 28, 2023
JAG-SD students to attend Career Development Conference
An anticipated 150 students from Jobs for America's Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) will attend the 2023 JAG-SD Career Development Conference March 7 on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) in Mitchell.
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Feb. 9, 2023
Student leaders visit Pierre for CTSO Capital City Experience
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 35 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 7-8, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations' (CTSO) Capital City Experience. Students shadowed legislators at committee meetings, observed House and Senate floor sessions, and learned about a variety of career opportunities in public service.
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Feb. 8, 2023
Education experts endorse South Dakota's proposed social studies standards
A group of distinguished education policy and thought leaders has endorsed the social studies standards being considered by the South Dakota Board of Education Standards. The group represents widely varying groups of academic thought and includes E.D. Hirsch, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Education and Humanities, at the University of Virginia; Joel Kline, former chancellor, New York City Public Schools; and Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
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Feb. 6, 2023
JAG-SD students to "Continue the Conversation" in Pierre
Student leaders from Andes Central High School, Bennett County High School, Lyman High School, Todd County High School, Wagner High School, and all four public Sioux Falls high schools (Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Washington) will gather in Pierre on Feb. 14 to meet with legislators and other government officials as part of a larger statewide project called, "Capitol Conversations." The students are part of the Jobs for America's Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) program, which is a leadership development and career exploration program for middle and high school students.
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Jan. 30, 2023
Check out state park passes from your local library
South Dakotans can check out state park passes from many public and academic libraries across the state through the new Check Out South Dakota State Parks program. The program is made possible through a partnership between South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and the South Dakota State Library.
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Jan. 23, 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 local sponsors to assist with running a federally funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
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Jan. 19, 2023
Schools receive $260,000 in School Nutrition Program equipment grants
School systems across South Dakota have been granted more than $260,000 in School Nutrition Program equipment grants for new equipment or to renovate/replace existing equipment.
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Jan. 19, 2023
National group endorses South Dakota's proposed social studies standards
The National Association of Scholars and the Civics Alliance recently announced its support of South Dakota's proposed K-12 social studies standards, calling them "excellent" and "among the best in the nation."
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Jan. 11, 2023
South Dakota teachers, school counselors go above and beyond with professional certifications
Fifteen South Dakota teachers and school counselors earned or renewed national certifications in 2022, demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill in their professions.
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2022

Dec. 19, 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.
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Dec. 2, 2022
Watertown First Grade Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award
One first grade teacher received the surprise of a lifetime today when she was awarded the first-ever Milken Educator Award for the Watertown School District at a schoolwide assembly of cheering students, colleagues, local and state dignitaries, and the media. Abby Turbak of McKinley Elementary School received the recognition by the Milken Family Foundation, which comes with a $25,000 cash prize that Turbak can use however she chooses.
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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.
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Nov. 15, 2022
Students to represent JAG-SD at national leadership event in Washington, D.C.
Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) students from four South Dakota high schools have been selected as delegates to the JAG National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1-3.
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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.
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Oct. 13, 2022
Cassels selected as 2023 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Alyssa Cassels, the 5-12 band director in the Deuel School District, has been named the 2023 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson made the announcement this evening at a banquet at the Drifters Event Center in Fort Pierre.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Oct. 5, 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 across the state.
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Aug. 25, 2022
464 students awarded the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2022-23 school year
The eighth cohort of Build Dakota Scholarship Fund students will begin classes this month, helping to fill the gap of essential workforce needs for South Dakota.
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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.
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Aug. 10, 2022
Seven students receive Hagen-Harvey scholarships
Seven students have received Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial State scholarships. This scholarship program provides up to $6,000 over four years for study at a public or non-public accredited university, college, or technical college located in South Dakota to enrolled members of American Indian tribes.
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Aug. 9, 2022
Grant funds seven out-of-school time programs
A total of seven 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year's grant recipients join 32 existing grant recipients.
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July 11, 2022
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 both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2020. The state is one of only 15 across the country to meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA under both Parts B and C, according to information released recently from the U.S. Department of Education.
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June 1, 2022
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.
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May 24, 2022
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
The South Dakota State Library has announced the 2022 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced, or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place (which refers to the learning environment, both physical and online), programming, and the professional.
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May 17, 2022
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. The schools picked by the DON'T QUIT! campaign are Custer Elementary School in Custer, Newell School in Newell, and Sturgis Williams Middle School in Sturgis.
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May 6, 2022
Board adopts new content standards in several subject areas
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in the following subject areas at its meeting today:

2021

Nov. 30, 2021
Up to $250,000 in grant funding available for qualified afterschool programs
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.
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Nov. 15, 2021
Application deadline for Social Studies Standards Revision Commission extended
The South Dakota Department of Education has extended the deadline for individuals to apply to be part of the Social Studies Standards Revision Commission. The commission will work with the department to draft new state content standards for K-12 social studies.
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Nov. 3, 2021
Applications open for Social Studies Standards Revision Commission
The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking individuals to be part of the Social Studies Standards Revision Commission, which will work with the department to draft new state content standards for K-12 social studies.
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Nov. 2, 2021
DOE seeks feedback in setting targets for State Performance Plan
The South Dakota Department of Education Special Education Programs (SEP) is seeking broad stakeholder feedback to assist in setting targets for all students with disabilities receiving special education services in a public school district.
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Oct. 18, 2021
Board adopts proposed rule to grant districts flexibility in hiring long-term substitutes
At its meeting earlier today, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted a proposed administrative rule to provide more clarity and flexibility for school districts in hiring long-term substitutes.
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Oct. 14, 2021
2020-21 Report Card confirms COVID Impact Report findings
The 2020-21 Report Card is now available at sdschools.sd.gov. The Report Card is produced by the South Dakota Department of Education and provides information on how students and schools across the state performed.
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Oct. 13, 2021
South Dakota students persevere in taking ACT, scores stay above national average
South Dakota's average ACT composite score for 2021 was 21.6, compared to the national average of 20.3. The composite score reflects sub-scores across the subjects of English, math, reading and science. ACT is a commonly recognized college entrance exam.
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Oct. 12, 2021
Ballard selected as 2022 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Stephanie Ballard, a special education teacher at George S. Mickelson Middle School in Brookings, has been named the 2022 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson made the announcement this evening at a banquet at the Drifters Event Center in Fort Pierre.
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Oct. 8, 2021
South Dakota schools recognized as 2021 National ESEA Distinguished Schools
The Department of Education is pleased to announce that Explorer Elementary (Harrisburg) and Platte-Geddes Elementary have been named 2021 National ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Distinguished Schools. They will be honored at the National ESEA Conference to be held in February 2022.
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Sept. 23, 2021
Four South Dakota schools named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools
Four South Dakota schools are among 325 schools nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Education this week as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
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Sept. 14, 2021
State law requires Board of Education Standards meeting postponed to Oct. 25
The next meeting of the South Dakota Board of Education Standards has been postponed to Oct. 25 at the Ramkota Convention Center in Aberdeen. This meeting will include the public hearing for proposed content standards in several career and technical education career clusters, fine arts, and social studies. The meeting was previously scheduled for Sept. 20 in Aberdeen and is being postponed to comply with state law requirements for these hearings.
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Aug. 26, 2021
Build Dakota success leads to more industry participation and student support, helping address South Dakota workforce challenges
The seventh cohort of Build Dakota Scholarship Fund students will begin classes this month, helping to fill the gap of essential workforce needs for South Dakota.
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Aug. 25, 2021
Civics and History Initiative pilot grants awarded; second round of applications open
The first round of recipients of Civics and History Initiative pilot grants have been announced. Funded projects highlight the sacrifices of WWII veterans, implement the We the People program, and expand the study of Native American culture using the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards.
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Aug. 24, 2021
JAG-SD expands to three more schools in 2021-22
The South Dakota Department of Education is pleased to announce that three more schools will be offering the Jobs for America s Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) program beginning in the 2021-22 school year, bringing the total number of schools to nine.
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Aug. 17, 2021
Education department announces guidelines for 2021-22 free or reduced-price meal programs
Today, Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education is releasing guidelines for the 2021-22 free milk or free and reduced-price meals programs. These guidelines provide useful information as parents make their plans for the upcoming school year. The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and/or Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP). The administrative office of each school or agency that participates in any of these federal programs has a copy of the policy available for review.
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Aug. 6, 2021
Proposed content standards posted for public comment
Proposed content standards in several subject areas are now posted for public comment on the South Dakota Department of Education's website.
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Aug. 3, 2021
10 students receive Hagen-Harvey scholarships
Ten students have received Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial State scholarships. This scholarship program provides up to $6,000 over four years for study at a public or non-public accredited university, college, or technical college located in South Dakota to enrolled members of American Indian tribes.
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July 29, 2021
State Library announces $1.9M in grants to 78 libraries
At today's State Library Board meeting, it was announced that 78 South Dakota libraries have received $1.9 million in grants funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
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July 29, 2021
Department releases COVID-19 report; Aug. 4 Education Summit planned
The South Dakota Department of Education has released a report about the impact of COVID-19 on the state's K-12 education system, based on a survey the department distributed to school leaders last May.
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July 19, 2021
South Dakota again receives highest ratings under IDEA
At today's Board of Education Standards meeting, it was announced that South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2019. The state is one of only 12 across the country to meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA under both Parts B and C, according to information released recently from the U.S. Department of Education.
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June 8, 2021
Grant funds five out-of-school time programs
A total of 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 27 existing grant recipients.
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June 1, 2021
Special education report 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.
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May 27, 2021
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
The South Dakota State Library has announced the 2021 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place (which refers to the learning environment, both physical and online), programming and the professional.
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May 5, 2021
Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 7
May 7 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals. The South Dakota Department of Education invites students, school staff, parents, and communities to thank their local school lunch and breakfast staff.
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May 3, 2021
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
"South Dakota teachers have been absolutely phenomenal this school year. While facing the challenges of the pandemic, they jumped in to provide quality education to our students," said Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson. "Our teachers have supported both the academic and social-emotional well-being of their students. They have shown how critical our schools are to South Dakota communities. As a parent, I m deeply grateful for their efforts."
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April 22, 2021
2021 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Four South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $690,245, have been awarded to four 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 programs in secondary schools.
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April 20, 2021
State Library digitizes 41 volumes of South Dakota Historical Collections
As the South Dakota State Historical Society celebrates its 120th year, the South Dakota State Library has digitized all 41 volumes of the South Dakota Historical Collections. From 1902 to 1982, this series was published biennially by the Department of History (now the South Dakota State Historical Society) as part of its mission to collect, preserve, and make accessible the history of the state. All 41 volumes are now available via the Featured Collections section of the South Dakota State Library's Digital Collections.
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April 19, 2021
South Dakota recognized for leadership in school connectivity
South Dakota recently was ranked No. 2 in the nation for school internet connectivity by Connected Nation, according to data published through the nonprofit's Connect K-12 website. Rankings are based on the percentage of school districts that are at or over 1 Mbps of bandwidth per student, which is the Federal Communications Commission's recommended bandwidth to allow for digital learning in every classroom, every day.
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April 8, 2021
Civics and History Initiative pilot grant applications open
South Dakota public schools can now apply for a pilot grant program, which is part of the South Dakota Civics and History Initiative. A total of $200,000 in grant funding is available for schools to pilot programs that focus on strengthening civics/government and history education.
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April 6, 2021
Students to explore careers during South Dakota Week of Work April 19-23
The first South Dakota Week of Work is scheduled for April 19-23. This exciting week will help middle and high school students explore career opportunities across the state.
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March 26, 2021
Board adopts new content standards in several subject areas
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in several subject areas at its meeting today.
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March 23, 2021
Gov. Noem appoints Nebelsick, Olsen, Willard to Board of Education Standards
Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Huron School Superintendent Terry Nebelsick, educator Linda Olsen of Dupree, and Belle Fourche School Superintendent Dr. Steve Willard, to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards.
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Feb. 04, 2021
Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 34 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 3, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations' Legislative Shadow Day. Students shadowed legislators at committee meetings and observed House and Senate floor sessions.
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Jan. 14, 2021
Now is the time to plan: Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors
The South Dakota Department of Education's office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
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Jan. 11, 2021
South Dakota teachers, school counselors go above and beyond with professional certifications
Four South Dakota teachers and three school counselors earned national certifications in 2020, demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill in their professions.
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2020

Dec. 9, 2020
In Wednesday Meeting, Board Reports 78% Retention Rate, Approves New Respiratory Therapy Program and Expansion of Medical Assistant Program to Huron
During a meeting of the Board of Technical Education on Wednesday morning, the state's technical college system announced a 78% retention rate for the fall of 2020. The system has maintained this retention rate over the past five years. The retention rate measures students who were enrolled at an institution one fall and either continue their enrollment or have graduated by the following fall.


Dec. 7, 2020
State Education Boards to Meet Jointly
Three state education boards will meet jointly Wednesday to build on a partnership that results in more students graduating from high school, pursuing postsecondary education, and creating successful careers.


Dec. 7, 2020
Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.


Nov. 12, 2020
K-12 Connect enrollment deadline approaching
The deadline to enroll in South Dakota's K-12 Connect program is Nov. 20. This program provides free internet service to eligible K-12 students in their homes for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.


Oct. 14, 2020
South Dakota ACT scores remain above national average
South Dakota's average ACT composite score remains above the national average. South Dakota's average ACT score for 2020 was 21.7, which is up slightly from 21.6 in 2019.


Oct. 8, 2020
Hargreaves selected as 2021 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Amanda Hargreaves (HAR-greevz), a sixth-grade teacher at Mitchell Middle School, has been named the 2021 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Ben Jones made the announcement this evening at a special virtual event.


Oct. 7, 2020
2019-20 Report Card: College and career readiness rates rise
South Dakota's college and career readiness rates have improved, according to the 2019-20 Report Card.


Oct. 5, 2020
Fall 2020 Headcount at Technical Colleges Increases by 55 over Fall 2019
Fall 2020 enrollment in South Dakota's technical college system has increased by 55 students over last fall, to a total headcount of 7,177. This number includes all full-time and part-time students, as well as participants in the high school dual-credit program.


Sept. 21, 2020
Board adopts rules changes and begins public hearings on proposed content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted several changes to educator certification rules to allow additional flexibilities earlier today.


Aug. 18, 2020
documents/2020/0818-SWell.pdf Toolkit available to help families prepare for school year
The South Dakota Department of Education has developed a toolkit to help families prepare for the 2020-21 school year. Families and caregivers will play a crucial role in ensuring the success of face-to-face learning. For many students, the consequences of not being in school are greater than the health risks of COVID-19. The full school experience provides vital academic, social, emotional, physical, and nutritional benefits.


Aug. 18, 2020
Technical Colleges Still Accepting UpSkill Applicants
Technical colleges in South Dakota are still accepting applicants to the UpSkill program, an effort announced by Governor Kristi Noem in July. UpSkill is a dynamic new program designed to support dislocated workers, impacted by COVID-19.


Aug. 14, 2020
State Library congratulates second-round recipients of Library Technology grants
The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce 16 recipients of the second round of Library Technology grants funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the federal CARES Act.


Aug. 6, 2020
Education department announces guidelines for 2020-21 free or reduced-price meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the 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, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and/or Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP).


Aug. 3, 2020
South Dakota awarded $6.9 million Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the South Dakota Department of Education a Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant in the amount of $6,883,481 to support the state's efforts to better serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. South Dakota is one of only 11 states to be awarded one of these grants. Thirty-nine states applied.


July 13, 2020
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 both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2018. The state is one of only 12 across the country to meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA under both Parts B and C, according to information released recently from the U.S. Department of Education.


July 1, 2020
Technical Colleges Change Names and Launch New Branding Efforts
South Dakota's technical education system is in the midst of a major transformation. During the 2020 Legislative Session, HB 1083 passed, changing the names of our state's technical institutes to technical colleges. As of today, the bill becomes a law and the name changes become official.


June 18, 2020
State Library congratulates first-round recipients of Library Technology grants
The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce 19 recipients of the first round of Library Technology grants funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the federal CARES Act. Awardees received $1,000 or $2,000 grants to update, expand, or improve technology in their libraries.


June 9, 2020
State Library aims for 100,000 summer reading program participants as programs move online
The South Dakota State Library encourages South Dakotans of all ages to join their local library's summer reading program, with a goal of reaching 100,000 participants this summer.


May 29, 2020
Special education report 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 27, 2020
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
The South Dakota State Library has announced the 2020 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.


May 8, 2020
South Dakota's Technical Colleges Plan for On-Campus Classes in Fall 2020
South Dakota's four technical colleges plan to resume on-campus operations this fall, with face-to-face teaching and learning at institutions across the state. The colleges will continue to focus on providing high-quality online instruction to complete the spring and summer semesters.


May 7, 2020
South Dakota's Universities and Technical Colleges Sign Transfer Agreement
Higher education leaders in South Dakota continue to collaborate and to enhance opportunities for students. The South Dakota Board of Regents and the South Dakota Board of Technical Education have signed a general education transfer agreement, which guarantees that a student who completes general education courses in South Dakota will be able to transfer the credits from those courses between public universities and technical colleges.


May 4, 2020
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed May 4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.


April 29, 2020
Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 1
May 1 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals. The South Dakota Department of Education invites students, school staff, parents, and communities to thank their local school lunch and breakfast staff.


April 6, 2020
Technical Colleges to Continue Online Classes for the Remainder of the Semester
Governor Noem announced today that the physical campuses of all schools in the state will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.


March 25, 2020
Technical Colleges to Continue Online Classes for the Remainder of the Semester
As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota increases, the state's four technical colleges will continue to provide course delivery online through the remainder of the semester.


March 23, 2020
U.S. Department of Education approves South Dakota's statewide assessment waiver
The U.S. Department of Education has informally approved the South Dakota Department of Education's waiver of statewide assessment requirements, accountability, and school identification requirements for the 2019-20 school year.


March 16, 2020
School food service during unexpected school closures
The South Dakota Department of Education's Office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow for school food services to continue during this time of unexpected school closures.
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Feb. 21, 2020
Newly accredited public libraries honored in Capitol rotunda
Thirteen South Dakota public libraries have been accredited by the State Library in 2020. They were recently honored in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda during an event held in conjunction with the annual South Dakota Library Association Library Legislative Day.


Feb. 6, 2020
Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 37 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 4-5, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations' Legislative Shadow Day.


Feb. 4, 2020
Public comment window open for Perkins V State Plan
South Dakota's proposed State Plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is now open for public comment. Perkins V is the federal law overseeing funding of career and technical education.


Jan. 30, 2020
Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors to serve communities
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education's office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.


Jan. 22, 2020
Gov. Noem appoints Heineman and Westra to Board of Education Standards
Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Phyllis Heineman and Julie Westra, both of Sioux Falls, to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards.


Jan. 10, 2020
Technical Institutes Name Change Legislation to be Introduced
The South Dakota Board of Technical Education is endorsing legislation designed to change the names of the state's four technical institutes to technical colleges. The proposed legislation will be sponsored by Representative Hugh Bartels (R-Watertown) and Senator Jim White (R-Huron).


Jan. 7, 2020
South Dakota teachers, school counselors go above and beyond with professional certifications
Five South Dakota teachers and three school counselors earned national certifications in 2019, demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill in their professions.