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art work of painted graduates cap. Board adopts changes to state graduation requirements
The state Board of Education Standards adopted proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements at its July 16 meeting. If the Legislature’s Interim Rules Review Committee approves rule changes related to the new requirements at its Aug. 20 meeting, soft implementation of the new graduation requirements would begin this fall.
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New accreditation review schedule begins in 2018-19
Recent changes to ARSD 24:43:02:05 authorize DOE to equalize the distribution of accreditation reviews across a five-year time frame. This change initiated the formation of a new accreditation review schedule and may result in your school or district’s accreditation review being moved to a new five-year cycle.
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South Dakota receives highest ratings under IDEA
South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2016. The state is one of only 14 across the country to meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA under both Parts B and C, according to information released recently from the U.S. Department of Education.
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NCRC administration process changing in 2018-19
On July 24, districts received an email message regarding changes to the National Career Readiness Certificate assessment administration for the 2018-19 school year. Based on feedback the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and Regulation have heard from schools, we have explored and are able to offer a remote testing option.
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Reminder: Use updated public school exemption form

The form for declaring public school exemption, called the Notification for Public School Exemption Certificate, was updated in July 2017. Please ensure your district is using the most current form. Families who home school must annually declare exemption with the public school district where they reside. Districts may need to reach out to families to inform them of this annual requirement.

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ENGLISH ‘Unlocking English Learners’ Potential’ PD series to start Sept. 13

The Unlocking English Learners’ Potential professional development series will take place throughout the 2018-19 school year, with three full-day face-to-face sessions, each followed by an interactive online component. Space is limited to 50 participants. Register by Aug. 24.

Don’t miss OSEU ‘how-to’ at this year’s Indian Education Summit

Part of this year’s Indian Education Summit (Sept. 23-25, Pierre) will be an in-depth, day-long training with elders and classroom teachers sharing the value and how-to of implementing the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards. Dr. Scott Simpson and Sharla Steever will facilitate, with time built in for lesson planning. Register for the summit today!

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Teacher of the Year DOE wants to honor your district’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year

District-level Teachers of the Year from across South Dakota will be honored at a banquet during the annual Systems Change Conference in October. Please provide the Department of Education with the name of your 2017-18 district-level Teacher of the Year by Sept. 1, so we can invite him or her to the annual banquet.

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2018-19 Superintendent's checklist Electronic version of Superintendent’s Checklist available

The electronic version of the 2018-19 Superintendent’s Checklist is now available on the Department of Education website, allowing users to add items directly to electronic calendars like Outlook and Google. This calendar features some of the major federal and state deadlines throughout the school year, as well as some of the larger DOE-sponsored events.

ECF summer study continues

The Legislature’s Extraordinary Cost Fund for Special Education summer study group met July 26 in Pierre. The Meade, Kadoka and McLaughlin school districts presented at the meeting. Find documents and audio from the meeting on the Legislative Research Council’s website. The date of the group’s next meeting is yet to be determined.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Behavior De-escalation Training
Aug. 10, Aberdeen
Aug. 14, Fort Pierre

New Assessment Coordinators Workshop
Aug. 30, Pierre

Board of Education Standards
Sept. 17, Aberdeen

Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports
Sept. 19, Rapid City

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 23-25, Pierre

Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities
Sept. 24-26, Rapid City

SDMyLife: Next Generation
Oct. 3, Sioux Falls
Oct. 4, Rapid City
Oct. 15, Watertown
Oct. 16, Pierre
Oct. 22, morning webinar
Oct. 22, afternoon webinar
Oct. 23, morning webinar
Oct. 23, afternoon webinar

Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
Oct. 4-5, Sioux Falls

Save the Date: Supporting Early Learners Institute
Oct. 11-12, Sioux Falls

Systems Change
Oct. 17-19, Sioux Falls

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