Foundational Support #1

Students have access to high quality standards and instruction.

Strong, rigorous academic standards and engaging instruction provide the backbone for student learning. It is critical that we, as a state, support educators as they do the important work of helping students gain mastery of academic standards that are designed to prepare students for success in postsecondary and 21st century careers.


• Providing Common Core training for teachers, to assist them in gaining understanding and experience working with the new standards and developing the instructional practices necessary to facilitate the deeper learning they require

• Developing online assessments to inform instruction (SD Assessment Portal)

• Establishing longitudinal data system to report and inform decisions at all levels


For additional information, contact the South Dakota Department of Education
at (605) 773-3134.