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SD Department of Education July 2016  
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arrow Preliminary state assessment results show gains
Secretary Schopp recently presented preliminary assessment results to the Legislative Planning Committee in Pierre. Access her PowerPoint presentation and meeting audio below:
Presentation to Legislative Planning Committee
Audio (starts at 2:20:20)

ESSA update: What U.S. Ed’s proposed rules mean
The U.S. Department of Education has proposed rules related to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Laura Scheibe, administrator of accreditation and accountability for the South Dakota Department of Education, summarizes these draft rules in this PowerPoint presentation. Public comment on the rules is due to U.S. Ed by Aug. 1; DOE will be commenting and encourages others to do so as well.
Board of Education approves rules
At its June 20 meeting, the state Board of Education approved rules related to shared services, submission of educational structure data and state technical institutes. The board’s next meeting is July 18 in Mitchell.

You Are Hired Districts encouraged to administer NCRC assessment
Time to plan for National Career Readiness Certificate assessments in your school district during SY 2016-17 for high school juniors and seniors. Schools must apply to administer the NCRC tests. Access the application on SDMyLife. Questions? Contact Barb Unruh at the Department of Labor and Regulation, (605) 773-3101.

Teacher shortage areas announced for 2016-17
Each year, the U.S. Department of Education designates teacher shortage areas. This federal designation may qualify borrowers for deferment or forgiveness of outstanding Federal Family Education Loans, Federal Stafford Loans or Federal Perkins Loans. Qualification depends on the type of loan and the date issued.
Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Board of Education
July 18, Mitchell

Top 20 Training
July 18-19, Rapid City
July 20-21, Sioux Falls

Principal Effectiveness Training: Transitioning from the Planning Year into the Implementation Year
July 25-28, various locations statewide

School Nutrition Association/Child & Adult Nutrition Services Conference
July 26-28, Watertown

Career and Technical Education Conference
July 31-Aug. 2, Sioux Falls

Title Conference
Aug. 1-2, Oacoma

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

Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities
Oct. 4-6, Bismarck, N.D.

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