Administrators - what you need to know about SD STARS implementation

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Data system rollout progressing across state

School districts across South Dakota are beginning to access the state’s new longitudinal data system, called the South Dakota Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System, or SD-STARS.

Throughout the year, 10 pilot districts and the Education Service Agencies have been accessing the system to help identify concerns ahead of the transition. The ESAs will play an important role in ensuring that district staff across the state is trained in using SD-STARS.

Districts have been asked to identify at least two people who will be trained on SD-STARS and one person who will manage the accounts. These users should be the district staff who review accountability reports, as these reports will now be available through SD-STARS.

Beyond that, districts will have some flexibility to work with their ESA and determine a timeline for implementation. Some districts may choose not to train all teachers until future months.

The Department of Education has released an implementation guide to help districts navigate the process. Questions regarding SD-STARS should be directed to Sara Kock or Marcus Bevier at the department, or to the local ESA.