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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education April 2016  
  Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6
students ESSA work groups begin meeting in April
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires a State Plan, outlining strategies for implementing key requirements of the new law. Four South Dakota work groups will develop this plan in coming months. Click the links below for meeting times and names of work group members:
   • Accountability
   • School Improvement
   • Educator Effectiveness
   • English Language Learner

New funding formula FAQ and 2016 bill summary available
An FAQ document on the new funding formula is posted on the 2016 K-12 Education Package webpage under Resources. It will be updated as new questions come in. The Department of Education has also developed a summary of education-related bills from the 2016 session. The list is not all-inclusive but contains many of the bills DOE followed this session.
vaccination New vaccination requirements begin in school year 2016-17
Beginning in school year 2016-17, the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal ACYW) vaccines will be required for entry into the 6th grade. The change is a result of Senate Bill 28, passed by this year’s legislature and signed into law by Gov. Daugaard.
Educator Effectiveness trainings Educator Effectiveness trainings for administrators planned this summer
To continue supporting promising practices around Educator Effectiveness, the Department of Education is offering a series of trainings for administrators this summer with topics such as providing evidence-based feedback and leadership behaviors requisite to building trust.
Remember       Don’t forget! Check status of waivers to administrative rule
Your school district may have a waiver from administrative rule that expires June 30. The list of current waivers is available on the Department of Education’s website. Districts with End of Course or Credit by Exam waivers set to expire will need to file an end-of-term waiver report, and if desired, make application for a new waiver.
Graduation Money Graphic Summer and fall dual credit registration now open
Registration for summer dual credit courses is now open. Students who will be seniors in fall 2016 may apply for admission to these courses. Registration for fall courses at the technical institutes is also open, and registration at Board of Regents institutions opens April 25.
April 15 graphic Submit Verification of Educational Structure forms by April 15
The Verification of Educational Structure system is open. All districts must complete the change form by April 15, even if there are no changes to be made. The Department of Education is collecting educational structure changes for the 2016-17 school year.
Standards graphic Individuals needed to serve on health education standards work group
South Dakota will review health education content standards this summer. The application, meeting schedule and work group expectations are now available for those interested in reviewing these standards. K-12 and postsecondary educators, parents and community members are encouraged to apply by April 20.
Gay Anderson Brandon Valley’s Gay Anderson elected VP of School Nutrition Association
Congratulations to Gay Anderson, food service director for the Brandon Valley School District, on being elected vice president of the School Nutrition Association. Anderson’s work was highlighted in this recent Brandon Valley Challenger story.
Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

TIE Conference
April 10-12, Sioux Falls

Title Programs Wednesday Café
April 13, online

Principal Effectiveness webinars
April 20
May 18

Perkins Data Collection Training
April 20, Pierre
April 21, Aberdeen
April 25, Rapid City
April 27, Mitchell
April 28, Sioux Falls

2016 Homeland Security Conference
May 3-5, Sioux Falls

Board of Education
May 16, Aberdeen

Civil Rights Regulations in the Educational Setting
June 21, Rapid City
June 23, Watertown

2016 Summer Education Conference
June 28-29, Chamberlain

New format in 2016! Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27, Pierre

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