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Latest Media Releases


Headlines for 2010
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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.



Dec. 23, 2010
Grants available to fund after-school programs
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center grants in South Dakota are now available online. more >>

Dec. 17, 2010
Year of Unity Writing Contest winners announced
Winners of the Year of Unity Writing Contest have been selected. more >>

November 29, 2010
Board of Education adopts Common Core standards for English, math
South Dakota has joined at least 39 other states in adopting the Common Core State Standards. more >>

November 29, 2010
Board of Education approves two new programs for technical institutes
Two new technical programs will be offered within South Dakota’s borders beginning in the fall of 2011. more >>

Nov. 18, 2010
South Dakota’s NAEP pilot scores among best
South Dakota’s 12th grade reading and math scores are well above the national average. more >>

November 10, 2010
Incentive program pays $1.7 million to South Dakota teachers
Special payments of more than $1.7 million were recently distributed to the staffs in 10 school districts as part of the South Dakota INCENTIVESplus program. more >>

Nov. 1, 2010
State Library to observe Snapshot Day: Illustrating impact of libraries on state's citizens
The South Dakota State Library in Pierre will celebrate Library Snapshot Day Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. more >>

Oct. 15, 2010
Turnipseed selected as 2011 Teacher of the Year
Susan Turnipseed, a Brookings 4th grade technology teacher, has been selected as the 2011 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. more >>

October 7, 2010
Sioux Falls teacher receives prestigious Milken award
Wade Helleson, a K-5 instructional coach based at Lowell Elementary School in Sioux Falls, received the surprise of a lifetime today when he was presented with a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. more >>

Sept. 28, 2010
Technical Institutes see record enrollment for second straight year
South Dakota’s four technical institutes are experiencing record fall enrollment for the second consecutive year. more >>

Sept. 24, 2010
Public libraries, staff recognized for accreditation efforts
Eight South Dakota libraries were accredited by the South Dakota State Library this year, under a new system of tiered accreditation. more >>

September 13, 2010
EPSCoR grant funds awarded to schools
Six schools across South Dakota will receive a total of $200,000 to enhance, expand, and develop new opportunities in secondary career cluster programs. more >>

September 1, 2010
Dates set for 2010 Indian Education Summit
The 2010 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 26-28 at Cedar Shore Resort in Chamberlain. more >>

August 24, 2010
College Access Challenge funding renewed
The South Dakota College Access Challenge program, which will provide $1.5 million annually for the next five years, has been renewed to help Native American and other underrepresented K-12 students in their transition to postsecondary education. more >>

July 28, 2010
More high schools found to have met AYP goals
Six additional South Dakota high schools have been determined to have met adequate yearly progress goals for 2009-10. more >>

July 27, 2010
Board of Education approves three new technical programs
The State Board of Education approved three new programs and two program expansions for South Dakota’s technical institutes during a meeting earlier today. more >>

July 27, 2010
2010 Report Card: Schools tackle AYP and student proficiency
Ninety-five percent of the state’s public school districts made adequate yearly progress for 2009-10. more >>

July 20, 2010
Bonding authority for school rehabilitation, construction available
South Dakota public school districts can apply now for two types of bond authorizations. more >>

June 17, 2010
South Dakota gets high marks for Birth to 3, special education services
South Dakota is one of only 16 states to earn the highest ratings possible under both Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, according to information recently released by the U.S. Department of Education. more >>

June 8, 2010
Former assistant state librarian to receive national honor
South Dakota’s former Assistant State Librarian Dan Boyd has been selected to receive a national award from the American Library Association. more >>

June 1, 2010
Special education reports now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online. more >>

May 27, 2010
Students awarded Hagen-Harvey scholarships
Seven Native American students will receive Hagen-Harvey scholarships for the 2010-11 school year. more >>

May 19, 2010
Two South Dakota students selected to attend national science camp
Theodore Fennema of Avon High School and Jennifer Galvin of Redfield High School have been selected to represent South Dakota at the 2010 National Youth Science Camp. more >>

May 17, 2010
Grant expands to include new after-school programs
Seven organizations will receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants for the first time this year. The grants provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. more >>

May 5, 2010
Child and Adult Nutrition Services awards grants to schools
Grants of more than $1.2 million to school districts and other agencies across the state have been awarded by the South Dakota Department of Education’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services. more >>

May 3, 2010
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week
This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and South Dakota Secretary of Education Tom Oster is urging residents across the state to celebrate the contributions that South Dakota’s teachers make to the state’s future well-being. more >>

April 30, 2010
South Dakotans selected for library scholarship
Fourteen South Dakota librarians will receive funds for continuing education in library sciences thanks to a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. more >>

April 29, 2010
2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results released The 2009 South Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report was released today. Students in grades 9-12 at randomly selected public, private and Bureau of Indian Education schools participated in the survey. more >>

April 9, 2010
State to celebrate National Library Week
Libraries across South Dakota will celebrate National Library Week from April 11-17. more >>

March 31, 2010
Technical graduates still faring well in the workforce
Graduates of South Dakota’s four technical institutes seem to be weathering the national recession fairly well. more >>

March 25, 2010
Custer Elementary earns national recognition
Custer Elementary School was honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday for winning the HealthierUS School Challenge Silver Award. more >>

March 24, 2010
NAEP reading scores released, South Dakota ahead of national average
South Dakota’s 8th grade reading scores on the NAEP rank among some of the highest in the nation. more >>

March 15, 2010
State special education director recognized for efforts
Ann Larsen, director of special education for the South Dakota Department of Education, is this year’s recipient of the Glenn I. Latham Award given by the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center. more >>

March 3, 2010
Eight South Dakota schools receive EPSCoR grant funds
Eight South Dakota schools will receive a total of $200,000 to enhance, expand and develop new initiatives in secondary career cluster programs. more >>

February 17, 2010
Department of Education awards 45 mini-grants
The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded 45 mini-grants totaling $34,675 in three different categories as part of the Team Nutrition program. more >>

February 1, 2010
Student leaders to meet with state legislators
High school and postsecondary students from across the state will meet with South Dakota legislators Tuesday, Feb. 2, as part of Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day activities. more >>

January 26, 2010
Flandreau Elementary earns national recognition
Flandreau Elementary School has been selected as a 2009 National Title I Distinguished School and was honored during the 2010 National Title I Conference in Washington, D.C., last week. more >>

January 22, 2010
Werdel named new Indian education director
The South Dakota Department of Education has announced that LuAnn Werdel, of Chadron, Neb., will take the reins as state director of Indian education, beginning next week. more >>

January 7, 2010
State Board of Education re-elects Duncan, Kirkegaard as leaders
The South Dakota Board of Education has re-elected Kelly Duncan of Dakota Dunes as president for another year, and Donald Kirkegaard will remain as vice president. more >>

January 5, 2010
State board approves expansions for two technical programs
The South Dakota Board of Education approved an expansion of Mitchell Technical Institute’s Architectural Design and Building Construction program. more >>