Principle 2: Statewide System of Accountability, Recognition and Support

South Dakota’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver as approved by the U.S. Department of Education in June 2012 and extended in June 2014. The waiver provides states with flexibility from certain provisions of No Child Left Behind. This allowed South Dakota to move forward in developing a new accountability system designed to provide a broader picture of school performance. This waiver has three critical components:

Principle 1: High Quality Academic Standards and Assessments
Principle 2: Statewide System of Accountability, Recognition and Support
Principle 3: Effective Teachers and Leaders

Principle 2: Statewide System of Accountability, Recognition and Support

South Dakota’s New Accountability system seeks to answer the following questions:
• Did we get students into our classrooms to learn? (ATTENDANCE)
• Did our students learn the needed skills? (STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT)
• Are our students making appropriate academic growth? (ACADEMIC GROWTH)
• Are we getting our students through high school? (HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION)
• Are our students graduating high school ready for post-secondary and workforce opportunities? (COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS)

To help answer these questions and provide information to stakeholders across the state, the system:

• Centers around a School Performance Index
• Includes information on the Gap Group, comprised of those historically underperforming subgroups across the state of South Dakota
• Sets Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) with the goal of reducing by half the percentage of students who are not proficient within six years
• Includes annual reporting of data, via a State Report Card
• Provides recognition for high-performing schools
• Provides Support for Schools that need it

Contact:

Contact the Office of Accreditation and Accountability Staff.