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Consortium receives grant to develop assessment
South Dakota is one of 31 states in the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, which has been awarded a four-year $160 million grant to develop an assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Common Core Standards on agenda
The South Dakota Board of Education will get its first opportunity to discuss the Common Core Standards when it meets later this month.

Indian Ed Summit set for Sept. 26-28
The 2010 Indian Education Summit seeks to provide solutions to the unique challenges American Indian students face, and to present successful models for educators to implement.

Teachers needed for Dakota STEP work
Administrators: Do you have a teacher with strong opinions about the state's assessment system? The department is looking for educators to serve on several Dakota STEP work groups.

Compare and contrast your data
The South Dakota State Library now has your 2009-10 school library statistics available for access and comparisons.

School health update: Report flu, immunize against whooping cough
The Department of Health is asking schools to report flu-related illness again this year. They're also working to get word out about vaccinating adolescent children for pertussis.

Patty Lutz of Webster was named South Dakota's School Bus Driver of the Year for 2010. Pictured here: Tim Steichen, president of the School Transportation Association, with Lutz.
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