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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
June 2018  
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art work of painted graduates cap. Public comment opening soon on administrative rules related to grad requirements
The Board of Education Standards recently held a first reading of proposed changes to state graduation requirements. The official public comment period on the related administrative rule changes is slated to open June 6 at rules.sd.gov (follow the “Department of Education” link). The board will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule changes at its July 16 meeting in Pierre.

2017-18 Report Card tentative timeline available
With the transition to the new Every Student Succeeds Act, the department will be creating and publishing a new Report Card. The amount of new data that will be included will push back the time of the data release.
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Legislature studying Extraordinary Cost Fund this summer
The first meeting of the group studying the Extraordinary Cost Fund this summer is set for June 13 at 8:30 a.m. Find the agenda on the Legislative Research Council’s website. DOE staff and several school districts have been asked to present information at the meeting.
students sitting at table Harrisburg High School celebrates Future Teacher Day

On May 11, Harrisburg High School’s career and technical education department celebrated 12 seniors’ commitment to become educators. Superintendent James Holbeck and several teachers spoke to the students about the vital role of an educator. The students signed a pledge dedicating themselves to the career. Watch video of this fun event.

Stock photo of classroom with pencils, books, tablet, apple and clock on top of desk Update: Board of Education Standards actions
An archive of the Board of Education Standards’ May 8 meeting is available on the Board’s Meeting Archive webpage. The board approved the following Administrative Rule changes:
  • Changes to 24:43:02 will authorize DOE to equalize the distribution of accreditation reviews across a five-year time frame.
  • Changes to 24:55 will align language related to the state accountability system, performance goals, school classifications, and school support process with the state’s approved plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
images of cards in auto shop class 2018 Workforce Education Grants awarded
Six South Dakota Workforce Education grants have been awarded to school districts and nonprofit entities. The purpose of the grant program is to provide the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. Congratulations to these grantees!
  • Estelline School District
  • Meade School District
  • Milbank School District
  • Mitchell School District
  • Mitchell Area Development Corporation
  • RTEC, Inc. in Yankton

South Dakota Board of Regents Board of Regents approves new instructional model for math

In an effort to improve student retention and graduation rates, a new instructional model for math has been approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents. By fall 2019, no public university student will be required to take traditional remedial math courses. The new ‘math pathways model’ is a result of a comprehensive review on how to improve student success in math at South Dakota public universities.

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2018 SD Indian Education Summit. Sept. 23-25, Pierre
Nominees needed for Governor’s Advisory Panel for Children with Disabilities

The Governor’s Advisory Panel for Children with Disabilities meets four times per year and advises the Office of Special Education Programs on a variety of topics. The following positions are open: teacher, individual with a disability and other state agency. Find more information on the Boards and Commissions portal. Questions? Email Melissa Flor or call 605-773-6119.

U.S. Ed. launches website accessibility technical assistance initiative

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has announced it is launching a new technical assistance initiative to assist schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities in making their websites and online programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.

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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

2018-19 Consolidated Application Workshop
June 7, Pierre

The Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June 11, Aberdeen
June 13, Rapid City
June 18, Yankton

Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents – Partnering with Rural Law Enforcement, First Responders and Local School Systems
June 19, Pierre
June 21, Sioux Falls

2018 MTSS Summer Education Conference
June 20-21, Oacoma

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
June 25-Aug. 12, online

Board of Education Standards
July 16, Pierre

School Library Boot Camp
July 23-26, Pierre

SD-STARS Workshop for new STARS Certified Trainers
July 26, Pierre

CTE Conference
July 29-31, Rapid City

Top 20 Training
July 30-31, Rapid City
Aug. 1-2, Sioux Falls

Behavior De-escalation Training
July 30, Sioux Falls
Aug. 3, Rapid City
Aug. 10, Aberdeen
Aug. 14, Fort Pierre

SD Department of Education Annual Conference
“Well-Rounded Education = Success”
Aug. 1-2, Pierre

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 23-25, Pierre

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

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