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Welcome to the Department of Education's press room. Here you will find the latest news relating to education in South Dakota. If you need background or statistics for a story or an expert to help interpret the information, contact Mary Stadick Smith, communications director, at (605) 773-7228.

2019

Sept. 17, 2019
2018-19 Report Card released: English-learners, postsecondary readiness are bright spots
Students whose native language is not English are experiencing increased success in mastering the language, according to the 2018-19 South Dakota Report Card. The number of students considered on track to English language mastery grew from 33 percent in 2017-18 to 45 percent in 2018-19.
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Sept. 3, 2019
Gov. Noem proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
The 2019-20 school year is underway, and Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.
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Aug. 13, 2019
Education department announces guidelines for 2019-20 free or reduced-price meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced-price meals.
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July 17, 2019
South Dakota again 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 2017. 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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July 2, 2019
Grant funds six out-of-school time programs
A total of six 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year’s grant recipients join 30 existing grant recipients.
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June 3, 2019
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Thirteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2019. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.
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May 31, 2019
How to find Summer Food Service sites for kids in your community
Organizations across South Dakota are serving free meals to the state’s youth this summer as a part of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option. Children age 18 and younger may receive a meal free of charge at participating sites, which include organizations such as nonprofits, schools, libraries and local governments.
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May 31, 2019
Special education report now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online. The Special Education Report is released annually by June 1.
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May 6, 2019
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.
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May 1, 2019
Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 3
May 3 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals. The South Dakota Department of Education invites students, school staff, parents and communities to thank their local school lunch and breakfast staff.
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April 29, 2019
2019 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Eight South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling more than $1,091,000, have been awarded to seven South Dakota public school districts and one private non-profit organization.
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April 23, 2019
Dakota Prairie Elementary in Brookings earns national recognition
The American School Counselor Association has announced Dakota Prairie Elementary in Brookings as a Recognized ASCA Model Program.
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April 3, 2019
State Library to host Scan Day events
The South Dakota State Library will host Scan Day events in three communities in April. At Scan Day events, digitization staff from the State Library bring scanning and photography equipment to a community and digitize personal photographs, documents and objects, free of charge.
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March 18, 2019
Board adopts new school library and world languages content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in two subject areas at its meeting today.
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March 5, 2019
"Click and go" access to high-quality e-resources now available
South Dakota students, educators, researchers and others now have easy "click and go" access anywhere within state boundaries to high-quality electronic resources provided by the State Library to school and public libraries and all citizens statewide.
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Feb. 6, 2019
Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 43 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 5-6, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.
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Jan. 31, 2019
Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors to serve communities
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
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Jan. 2, 2019
Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.
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2018

Dec. 11, 2018
South Dakota teachers, school counselors go above and beyond with professional certifications
Five South Dakota teachers and four school counselors have earned national certifications in 2018, demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill in their professions.
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Dec. 5, 2018
Retention rate strong at state technical institutes; Governor named Friend of Technical Education
The retention rate at South Dakota’s four technical institute’s is 78 percent, which matches last year’s rate. The state Board of Technical Education heard a report on the retention rates at its meeting earlier today. The retention rate measures all students who enroll one fall and return to the institution the following fall, in this case, fall 2017 to fall 2018.
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Dec. 3, 2018
State Library chosen as a NASA@ My Library partner
The South Dakota State Library has been selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education initiative that aims to increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons across the country. South Dakota was one of 14 state libraries to receive the NASA@ My Library grant.
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Nov. 19, 2018
2018 South Dakota Report Card to be released
At its meeting earlier today, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards received a briefing on the release of the 2018 Report Card, which is expected later this month. This is the state’s first Report Card under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal law requires new data items to be reported and that the information be concise, accessible and easy to read.
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Oct. 19, 2018
Boomsma selected as 2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Erica Boomsma, a fourth grade teacher at the Washington 4-5 Center in the Huron School District, has been named the 2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.
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Oct. 17, 2018
South Dakota ACT scores remain steady, above national average
South Dakota’s average ACT composite score is up slightly from 2017 and remains above the national average. South Dakota’s average ACT score for 2018 was 21.9, compared to the national average of 20.8 and last year’s statewide average of 21.8.
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Oct. 9, 2018
South Dakota educator receives JAG National Educational Leadership Award
Wagner Community Schools Superintendent Linda Foos has been awarded the National Educational Leadership Award from Jobs for America’s Graduates.
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Oct. 4, 2018
Technical institute enrollment up
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Technical Education heard a report on enrollment at the state’s four technical institutes. Enrollment is up since last year, from 6,652 to 6,825, a 2.6 percent increase.
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Sept. 18, 2018
South Dakota receives grant to support mental health services in schools
The South Dakota Department of Education has been awarded an $8.7 million Project AWARE grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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Sept. 17, 2018
Board holds public hearings on proposed content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held the first of four public hearings on academic content standards in world language and school library earlier today.
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Sept. 13, 2018
>Social and Emotional Learning Innovation Grant recipients announced
The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded Social and Emotional Learning Innovation Grants to eight South Dakota public schools for a combined total of just over $1.1 million.
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Sept. 12, 2018
Indian Education Summit to feature hip-hop artist Supaman
Native American hip-hop artist Supaman (Christian Takes Gun Parrish) will perform and deliver a keynote address at the 2018 South Dakota Indian Education Summit to be held Sept. 23-25, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.
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August 30, 2018
Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
The 2018-19 school year is underway, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.
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August 8, 2018
Education department announces guidelines for 2018-19 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals.
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July 16, 2018
Board adopts changes to state graduation requirements
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements at its meeting earlier today, with an amendment directing the South Dakota Department of Education to review the requirements again after Jan. 1, 2026.
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July 11, 2018
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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June 26, 2018
14 afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of 14 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year’s grant recipients join 24 existing grant recipients to serve a combined total of 54 sites statewide.
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June 6, 2018
Public invited to comment on proposed changes to state graduation requirements
The public is encouraged to engage in the statewide conversation about proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements. The official public comment period on the related administrative rule changes is now open.
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May 30, 2018
How to find Summer Food Service sites for kids in your community
Children age 18 and younger may receive a meal free of charge at participating sites, which include organizations such as nonprofits, schools, libraries and local governments.
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May 29, 2018
Special education report now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online.
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May 25, 2018
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Fifteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2018. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.
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May 21, 2018
Braille & Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program kicks off June 3
"Libraries Rock" is the theme of the 2018 South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program. This year’s program will run from June 3 to July 14 and is open to all youth registered with the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library ages birth to 19.
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May 16, 2018
BOTE hears graduate outcomes report and approves new technical institute programs
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Technical Education heard a report on job placement of technical institute graduates.
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May 8, 2018
Board holds first reading of proposal to update graduation requirements
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held a first reading of proposed changes to state graduation requirements at its meeting today.
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May 7, 2018
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.
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May 1, 2018
Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 4
May 4 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals. The South Dakota Department of Education invites students, school staff, parents and communities to thank their local school lunch and breakfast staff.
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April 10, 2018
South Dakota NAEP scores hold steady
South Dakota’s math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress remain at or above the national average.
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April 5, 2018
South Dakota celebrating National Library Week April 8-14
April 8-14 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the ways libraries lead their communities through services, programs and expertise.
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March 27, 2018
Tech institute tuition and state fees set for 2018-19
The South Dakota Board of Technical Education approved 2018-19 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes at its meeting today. The overall cost per credit hour will be $157.
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March 19, 2018
Board adopts new content standards in several subject areas
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in six subject areas at its meeting today.
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Feb. 9, 2018
Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 30 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 6-7, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.
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Feb. 8, 2018
Newly accredited public libraries to be honored in Capitol rotunda
Twelve South Dakota public libraries have been accredited by the State Library in 2018. They will be honored in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda Feb. 13, at 3:15 pm CST.
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Jan. 31, 2018
Consider starting a Summer Food Service Program in your community
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
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Jan. 17, 2018
U.S. Department of Education approves South Dakota’s ESSA plan
“South Dakota’s plan reflects the state goal of ensuring that every student is provided the opportunity to be successful after high school,” said Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard.
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Jan. 10, 2018
Historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 available online from State Library
The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 to the library's digital collections site.
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Jan. 8, 2018
Five South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Five South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 5,461 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2017.
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Jan. 4, 2018
Middle school math teacher in Harrisburg receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Carla Diede, a National Board Certified math teacher at Harrisburg South Middle School, is South Dakota’s newest recipient of a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”
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Jan. 3, 2018
Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.
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2017
Dec. 15, 2017
Retention rate strong at state technical institutes; new programs added
The retention rate at South Dakota’s four technical institutes is 78 percent, an all-time high. Since 2012, the retention rate has increased four percent. The state Board of Technical Education heard a report on the retention rates at its meeting earlier today.
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Dec. 7, 2017
Fred Assam Elementary honored as National Title I Distinguished School
Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp visited Fred Assam Elementary in the Brandon Valley School District today to celebrate the school being honored as a National Title I Distinguished School for excellence in serving a special population of students (English learners).
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Nov. 30, 2017
Wall Elementary honored as National Title I Distinguished School
Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp visited Wall Elementary School today to celebrate the school being honored as a National Title I Distinguished School for exceptional student performance for two consecutive years.
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Oct. 20, 2017
Schaefer selected as 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Rachel Schaefer, a kindergarten teacher at Elkton Elementary School, has been named the 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.
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Oct. 11, 2017
Two South Dakota technical institutes named among top 150 US community colleges
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Mitchell Technical Institute and Southeast Technical Institute among the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds, as well as the Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships. The schools were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges.
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Oct. 6, 2017
Board of Technical Education approves two-year RN programs for LATI, MTI and WDT
The State Board of Technical Education has approved a joint proposal from Lake Area Technical Institute, Mitchell Technical Institute and Western Dakota Technical Institute to create two-year registered nursing programs at each technical institute.
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Oct. 5, 2017
South Dakota’s average teacher salary increases 8.8 percent
Average teacher salary in South Dakota is on track to meeting a statewide target average of $48,500, which legislators adopted in 2016 as a part of the Blue Ribbon education funding package.
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Sept. 26, 2017
Attendance connected to proficiency in math and English language arts
As Attendance Awareness Month comes to a close in South Dakota, state officials report a strong connection between attendance and proficiency on the state test in math and English language arts.
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Sept. 18, 2017
2017 South Dakota Report Card to be released
At its meeting earlier today, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards heard state-level results from the 2017 Report Card. The Report Card uses several indicators to measure how schools are performing.
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Sept. 18, 2017
Board holds first public hearing on proposed content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held the first of four public hearings on academic content standards in several subject areas earlier today.
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Sept. 18, 2017
Proactive admissions initiative kicks off in South Dakota
Later this month, qualifying South Dakota public high school seniors will receive letters announcing their guaranteed general acceptance into the state’s public universities and technical institutes.
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Sept. 14, 2017
Indian Education Summit to feature Hattie Kauffman
Longtime CBS broadcaster Hattie Kauffman will be among keynote speakers at the 2017 South Dakota Indian Education Summit to be held Sept. 24-26, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.
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Sept. 7, 2017
Percent of grads taking ACT grows; scores remain above national average
South Dakota saw a significant increase in the percentage of graduating seniors who took the ACT in 2017, while the state’s average composite score remained above the national average and down slightly from 2016.
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Sept. 6, 2017
Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
With the 2017-18 school year underway, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.
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Aug. 28, 2017
Education department announces guidelines for 2017-18 free or reduced school meal programs
The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and/or Special Milk Programs. The administrative office of each school that participates in the Lunch, Breakfast, and/or Milk Program has a copy of the policy available for review.
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July 18, 2017
Board of Technical Education elects officers; appoints committee to hire executive director
The Board of Technical Education held its first official meeting and elected officers today in Rapid City.
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June 26, 2017
Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents updated
An updated version of the Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents in South Dakota is now available on the Department of Education website.
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June 16, 2017
South Dakota receives Farm to School Grant
The South Dakota Department of Education has received a $24,158 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as part of the Farm to School Grant Program, an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers and increase the amount of local foods served in schools.
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June 6, 2017
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Nine school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2017.
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June 5, 2017
Special education report now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online.
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June 1, 2017
Find Summer Food Service sites for youth with a text or toll-free call
Organizations across South Dakota are serving free meals to the state’s youth this summer as a part of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.
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May 31, 2017
South Dakota releases education plan
South Dakota today released its state plan for education required under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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May 15, 2017
Technical institute graduates enjoy strong job placement; program expansions approved
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Education heard a report on technical institute job placement of graduates.
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May 15, 2017
Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters at its meeting earlier today.
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May 15, 2017
South Dakota to release education plan, Board receives high-level summary
A summary of South Dakota’s plan for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act is now available. It was presented to the state Board of Education at its meeting today in Rapid City.
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May 11, 2017
2017 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Five South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $1,040,000, have been awarded to four South Dakota school districts and one private nonprofit corporation.
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May 10, 2017
Candidates for 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year announced
A statewide panel of educators will select one of these regional finalists to represent the state as the 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.
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May 4, 2017
Gov. Daugaard proclaims May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.
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April 10, 2017
Shared services grants awarded to school districts
Seven proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the latest round of the state’s shared services grant program. The program provides incentives for districts to work together to find ways to increase learning opportunities.
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April 5, 2017
Governor proclaims South Dakota Library Week April 10-16
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed April 10-16, South Dakota Library Week, in honor of the vital and continually evolving role of libraries in schools and communities.
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March 20, 2017
Board adopts new educator certification rules
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new educator certification rules earlier today, overhauling the state’s current certification system.
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March 20, 2017
Tech institute tuition and state fees set; welding certificates added
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved 2017-18 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes.
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Feb. 23, 2017
10 public libraries accredited in 2017
Ten South Dakota public libraries were accredited by the State Library in 2017. They were honored recently in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda, as part of the annual South Dakota Library Association Library Legislative Day.
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Feb. 22, 2017
Two South Dakota schools honored as National Title I Distinguished Schools
Anne Sullivan Elementary (Sioux Falls) and Leola Elementary were among those honored today as National Title I Distinguished Schools at the National Title I Conference in Long Beach, Calif.
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Feb. 10, 2017
Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, more than 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 8-9, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.
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Jan. 31, 2017
Help students by starting a local Summer Food Service Program
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
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Jan. 19, 2017
Board holds first public hearing on proposed certification rule changes
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of two public hearings on proposed educator certification rule changes earlier today. The proposed rules constitute an overhaul of the state’s certification system.
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Jan. 4, 2017
Fourth grade teacher in Mitchell receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Amanda Christensen, a fourth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Mitchell, has received a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”
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2016
Dec. 16, 2016
Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
The opportunity to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants will be available soon.
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Dec. 14, 2016
Native American achievement school grants awarded
The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded three Native American achievement school grants. The grant program was established by Senate Bill 82 and is a result of the Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council’s work.
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Dec. 12, 2016
Second round of Classroom Innovation Grant recipients announced
Twenty-five Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts for a combined total of over $1.3 million funded by the 2016 Legislature.
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Nov. 18, 2016
South Dakota sites recognized for efforts with Summer Food Service Program
At a recent gathering of state agency representatives in Arlington, Va., the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized Rapid City Area Schools and the Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud for their efforts with the Summer Food Service Program in 2016.
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Nov. 15, 2016
Board holds first public hearing on proposed CTE standards
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed career and technical education standards in six career clusters earlier today.
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Nov. 7, 2016
Second round of shared services grants awarded to schools
Two proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the second round of the state’s new shared services grant program.
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Oct. 13, 2016
Kaltsulas selected as 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Beth Kaltsulas, a math teacher at Yankton Middle School, has been selected as the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made this evening at a banquet at the Cedar Shore Conference Center in Oacoma.
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Oct. 4, 2016
2016 South Dakota Report Card available
The 2016 South Dakota Report Card, a review of schools’ performance based on multiple indicators, is now available online.
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Sept. 20, 2016
Board approves new healthcare program at Lake Area Technical Institute
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a community healthcare worker program at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. This associate of applied science degree program will be 18 months in length, with 12-month diploma and six-month certificate options.
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Sept. 9, 2016
Annual Indian Education Summit to be held in Pierre
The 2016 South Dakota Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 25-27, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.
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Sept. 8, 2016
South Dakota educators among those honored in Washington, D.C., today
Four South Dakota educators are among those being honored today in Washington, D.C., as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
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Sept. 8, 2016
Shared services grants, part of 2016 legislative package, awarded to schools
Four proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the state’s new shared services grant program. The program was established as part of the 2016 legislative package aimed at improving teacher recruitment and retention efforts in South Dakota.
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Sept. 7, 2016
Wanted: Rookie and veteran teachers for state’s new mentoring program
Teachers from across the state are invited to participate in South Dakota’s new statewide mentoring program, which pairs teachers new to the profession with veteran educators.
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Sept. 6, 2016
Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
With school back in session across the state, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.
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Sept. 2, 2016
Education department announces guidelines for 2016-17 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals. The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and/or Special Milk Programs. The administrative office of each school that participates in the Lunch, Breakfast, and/or Milk Program has a copy of the policy available for review.
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Aug. 24, 2016
State ACT scores remain steady, above national average
South Dakota’s average composite ACT score remains steady and above the national average, according to data released earlier today.
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Aug. 9, 2016
2016 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Nine South Dakota Workforce Education Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts, totaling $800,000.
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July 28, 2016
Annual CTE Conference to be held in Sioux Falls
The 2016 South Dakota Career and Technical Education Conference will be held July 31-Aug. 2, at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.
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July 19, 2016
10 afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of 10 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.
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July 18, 2016
Classroom Innovation Grant recipients announced
Eighteen Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts for a combined total of almost $1 million funded by the 2016 Legislature.
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June 20, 2016
Preliminary state assessment results show gains
Preliminary results on the 2016 statewide assessment in English language arts and math show gains in student performance in both content areas and in all but one tested grade level. The assessment is administered each spring to just under 70,000 South Dakota public school students in grades 3-8 and 11.
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June 20, 2016
Shared services grant applications to be available soon
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Education approved rules related to shared services grants, which were included in Senate Bill 133 of the 2016 legislative session.
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June 13, 2016
Special education reports now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online. Results of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays are also available.
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May 25, 2016
Find Summer Food Service sites for youth with a text or toll-free call
Organizations across South Dakota will serve free meals to the state’s youth this summer as a part of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option. Children age 18 and younger may receive a meal free of charge at participating sites, which include organizations such as nonprofits, schools, libraries and local governments.
more >>

May 24, 2016
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Twelve school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2016.
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May 16, 2016
Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters earlier today.
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March 14 2016
Tech institute tuition to freeze; Southeast Tech expands program
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved 2016-17 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes.
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Feb. 12 2016
Pierre celebrates CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, nearly 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 10-11, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations' Legislative Shadow Day.
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Feb. 10, 2016
Department of Education seeking individuals to serve on standards work groups
Beginning this summer, South Dakota will review standards in several content areas, including math, English language arts, and several career and technical education career clusters.
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Jan. 28, 2016
Establish a Summer Food Service Program in your community
The South Dakota Department of Education's office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
more >>

Jan. 26, 2016
Two South Dakota technical institutes named among top 150 in the country
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today again named Lake Area Technical Institute and Mitchell Technical Institute among the nation's top 150 community colleges.
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Jan. 19, 2016
Eight South Dakota public libraries have been accredited by the State Library in 2016.
They will be honored in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda Jan. 20, at 3:30 pm CST.
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Jan. 7, 2016
Board approves program expansion at Southeast Technical Institute
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a program expansion in the area of diesel technology at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls.
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Jan. 5, 2016
21st CCLC grant applications now available
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants are now available online.
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