T.F. Riggs High School Principal Kevin Mutchelknaus, Pierre, talks about his school’s experience with the National Career Readiness Certificate program.



Nov. 18-22 is American Education Week

American Education Week is a chance to celebrate public education! Thanks to all teachers, administrators, support staff and parents who play an essential role in educating our students.



2013 NAEP results announced

South Dakota’s fourth grade and eighth grade scores for math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have remained steady since the test was first administered in the state in 2002.
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Summary of spring 2014 testing released
Changes in state testing will take place this spring. Read on for a summary of what the changes are, and which assessments are staying the same.

South Dakota Board of Education to meet
The South Dakota Board of Education will meet Nov. 18 beginning at 10:30 a.m. (Central) in Pierre.

Using student learning objectives as part of evaluation
The state’s new model evaluation systems for teachers and for principals rely on student learning objectives, or SLOs, to measure student growth.
    • Teacher evaluation and SLOs
    • Principal evaluation and SLOs
    • SLOs: Frequently Asked Questions

USDA “Smart Snacks” standards available online
“Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards will be a requirement in 2014-15 as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Common Core training offered to principals
Training for both elementary and secondary principals will be offered in Rapid City and Aberdeen this month.

South Dakota beta-testing ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate program
The Department of Education is collaborating with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation during the 2013-14 school year for a beta-test of the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) program.



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