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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
Sept. 2017  
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Attendance Awareness Campaign. September 2017. Engagement = Attendance. #SCHOOLEVERYDAY

Proactive admissions initiative begins
This year, the state’s public universities and technical institutes have teamed up to offer eligible students guaranteed acceptance into their institutions. This initiative offers high school seniors guaranteed general admittance into any of the state’s six public universities and four technical institutes when they meet certain eligibility criteria.

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Math and ELA among content standards up for review this school year

The Board of Education Standards will hold four public hearings at locations around the state on the following content standards in school year 2017-18:

  • Math
  • English language arts
  • Health education
  • 5 CTE career clusters
  • Capstone courses
  • Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings & Standards
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Stock photo of elementary students in classroom. ESSA Update: BOES to hold hearing on proposed accountability rules
At its Sept. 18 meeting in Aberdeen, the Board of Education Standards will hold a public hearing related to proposed changes to public school accountability (ARSD 24:55), as required by state law and the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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New PD event: Better Questions, Better Data, Better Results
The Department of Education is replacing the fall assessment workshops with comprehensive events entitled Better Questions, Better Data, Better Results. The new workshops are designed to analyze trends in accountability and assessments that can help spark districts’ own data analyses.
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Time to share assessment results with parents/guardians
This is a reminder for districts about the need to share assessment results with parents and guardians. Overviews of reporting requirements are posted under the Parent Communication heading on the DOE assessment webpage. Science assessment results will not be available until later this fall, due to the ongoing development of the new science assessment.
College readiness coursework available to students
Once again this year, eligible students will have the opportunity to complete postsecondary remedial coursework while still in high school. College readiness coursework includes courses intended to assist high school seniors who need continued support in developing the skills necessary to enroll in credit-bearing coursework at the postsecondary level.
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image of fruit and veggies Education department announces guidelines for 2017-18 free or reduced school meal programs
With school back in session in South Dakota communities, the Department of Education wants families to know about the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs.
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South Dakota Indian Education Summit 2017 Still time to register for the Indian Education Summit
Register today for the 2017 Indian Education Summit. Longtime CBS broadcaster Hattie Kauffman will be a keynote speaker. There will be a screening of the new film, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” along with an appearance by Kent Nerburn, author of the book upon which the film is based. The summit will also include specialized sessions, cultural activities and student-led discussions.
United States Senate Youth Program Principals: Nominate students for US Senate Youth Program
The nomination process is open for the U.S. Senate Youth Program, a nationwide program that brings high school students to Washington, D.C., for an onsite introduction to the functions of the federal government and, in particular, the United States Senate. Nominations are due Sept. 22. Learn more on DOE’s U.S. Senate Youth Program Scholarship webpage.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Logo. Fuel Up to Play 60 training coming up in Oacoma
Midwest Dairy Council - South Dakota and the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health are teaming up to offer a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor training Sept. 26 in Oacoma for educators, food service staff, community members and others.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Board of Education Standards
Sept. 18, Aberdeen

Fall DOE/Infinite Campus user groups
Sept. 19-22, various locations statewide
(For more information, contact Judy Merriman or Teri Jung)

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 24-26, Pierre

Better Questions, Better Data, Better Results
Sept. 25, Sioux Falls
Sept. 26, Watertown CANCELED
Sept. 27, Aberdeen
Sept. 28, Pierre
Sept. 29, Rapid City

New Special Ed Directors Webinar Series
Sept. 26
Oct. 30
Nov. 14
Dec. 12
Jan. 23, 2018

School Counselor Best Practices Share Session
Oct. 12, Sioux Falls
Oct. 19, Rapid City

SD-STARS Training for Data STARS
Oct. 12, Rapid City
Oct. 17, Sioux Falls
Oct. 23, Aberdeen

SD-STARS Training for STARS Account Managers
Oct. 12, Rapid City
Oct. 17, Sioux Falls
Oct. 23, Aberdeen

Effective Instruction for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education
Oct. 16, Watertown (for Statewide Title III members only)
Oct. 17, Mitchell (for teachers of English learners and content teachers)

Systems Change
Annual conference, featuring Teacher of the Year Banquet
Oct. 18-20, Rapid City

School Wellness Policy Training
Oct. 26, Pierre

Dakota TESL Conference
Nov. 8-9, Sioux Falls
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