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Work to begin on common course numbering

South Dakota is adopting a common course numbering system. Educators from across the state will gather March 17 in Pierre to begin the work.

“Having a uniform system for numbering courses makes good common sense,” said Secretary of Education Tom Oster. “It provides for consistency of data statewide and ease of transfer for students.”

Work groups will be divided by the following content areas: Health and Physical Education, Fine Arts, Language Arts/Foreign Language, Math, Science and Social Studies. Each group will develop the course definitions and numbering system for student transcripts and the state’s Personnel Record Form system (PRF).

A draft of the groups’ work is expected to be available for public comment later this spring. The codes will be implemented into the PRF system for the 2010-11 school year. Districts will be able to use the codes in Infinite Campus beginning in January 2011, when students register for the 2011-12 school year.

Questions regarding this process can be directed to Becky Nelson, Department of Education, at (605) 773-4681 or becky.nelson@state.sd.us.