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Latest Media Releases


Headlines for 2011
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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. 8, 2011
15 South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Fifteen classroom teachers from South Dakota are among nearly 6,200 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2011. more >>

Nov. 21, 2011
Board approves bonding resolution, new programs for technical institutes
The South Dakota Board of Education approved two new programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes, as well as a facility bonding resolution during a regularly scheduled meeting today in Mitchell. more >>

Nov. 17, 2011
Davis-Bahcall Scholarship offers opportunities to young scientists
High school seniors and college freshmen may now apply for Davis-Bahcall Scholarships. more >>

Nov. 10, 2011
South Dakota students make significant gains on AP exams
More South Dakota students are taking Advanced Placement exams and are performing better on those exams, according to a report recently released by the College Board. more >>

Nov. 1, 2011
2011 NAEP results: 4th grade reading scores sluggish, remaining scores above average
South Dakota’s 4th grade reading scores on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress were down slightly from 2009. Scores in other others remained above the national average. more >>

Oct. 27, 2011
Winners of EPSCoR funds announced
Ten South Dakota organizations will receive a total of $200,000 to enhance, expand and develop new opportunities in secondary career and technical education. more >>

Oct. 24, 2011
Rapid City teacher receives prestigious Milken Award
Nicole Keegan, a 7th-grade science and social studies teacher at Dakota Middle School, received the surprise of a lifetime today when she was presented with a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. more >>

Oct. 20, 2011
Moller selected as 2012 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Mitchell middle-school math teacher Patrick Moller has been selected as the 2012 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. more >>

Oct. 7, 2011
Funding allows for continued education efforts in Indian Country
American Indian, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged students from across South Dakota will continue to benefit in future years from more than $30 million in federal matching grants. more >>

Sept. 26, 2011
SDMyLife now connects students with South Dakota businesses
A new feature in the SDMyLife online academic and career planning system, called Network, gives seventh- through 12th-grade students the chance to connect with businesses and companies across South Dakota. more >>

Sept. 21, 2011
Partnership brings faster Internet to South Dakota schools
Students in 110 South Dakota school districts may have noticed something upon heading back to classes this year – faster Internet. more >>

Sept. 20, 2011
South Dakota selected to be part of Science Standards development
South Dakota is one of 20 states selected as a Lead State Partner in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS. more >>

Sept. 8, 2011
Indian Education Summit to feature Lakota educator, author
The 2011 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 25-27 at Cedar Shore Resort in Chamberlain. more >>

Sept. 7, 2011
Fourth Annual Parent Conference coming to Sioux Falls
The 4th Annual Parent Involvement Conference will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls. more >>

Aug. 17, 2011
State’s ACT scores steady, still above national average
South Dakota’s average composite ACT score remains unchanged from last year at 21.8, and above the national average of 21.1. more >>

Aug. 9, 2011
24 schools added to Fresh Fruit, Vegetable Program this year
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, or FFVP, will expand to include an additional 24 South Dakota schools for the 2011-12 school year. more >>

Aug. 2, 2011
South Dakota’s 2011 Report Card: Schools show solid performance, accountability system deserves scrutiny
Ninety-four percent of South Dakota’s public school districts, and 80 percent of schools made adequate yearly progress for 2010-11, as required under No Child Left Behind. more >>

July 25, 2011
Board adopts standards for teaching American Indian culture, history
The South Dakota Board of Education today adopted the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards outlining core concepts for teaching the history and culture of South Dakota’s American Indian people. more >>

July 25, 2011
State Board of Education approves new nursing program at Southeast Tech
The South Dakota Board of Education approved a new program today that will give students at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls an opportunity to obtain an associate in applied science degree in Registered Nursing. more >>

July 19, 2011
State Library Board reviews LSTA fund usage
The South Dakota State Library Board approved a plan Monday to evaluate the use of Library Services and Technology Act funds. more >>

July 14, 2011
South Dakota gets high marks for special education, Birth to 3 services
Once again, South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for fiscal year 2009. more >>

June 29, 2011
State to hold bar steady for school progress determinations
South Dakota schools will be playing by last year’s rules when it comes to the state issuing determinations of adequate yearly progress, or AYP, later this summer. more >>

June 28, 2011
Grant expands to include new after-school programs
Seven organizations will receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants for the first time this year. more >>

June 7, 2011
Students awarded Hagen-Harvey scholarships
Seven Native American students have been chosen to receive Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarships for the 2011-12 school year. more >>

May 27, 2011
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 17, 2011
Technical institutes a focus of state Board of Education meeting
South Dakota’s four technical institutes were a focus of the South Dakota Board of Education meeting today at the Sioux Falls Public School District’s Career and Technical Education Academy. more >>

May 12, 2011
St. Joseph’s School earns national recognition
St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain was honored today by the South Dakota Department of Education for winning the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge Silver Award. more >>

April 4, 2011
First Lady to celebrate Library Week with reading tour
First Lady Linda Daugaard will celebrate South Dakota Library Week, April 10-16, by visiting several libraries across the state and reading to children. more >>

March 28, 2011
21 libraries to offer audio, electronic books for download
Library patrons in 21 South Dakota communities will soon be able to download audio and electronic books, or e-books, from their home computers, courtesy of their public libraries. more >>

March 21, 2011
Technical Institutes boast high job placement rates
South Dakota’s four technical institutes boasted high job-placement rates again this year, with a combined graduate placement rate of 96 percent. more >>

March 8, 2011
Proposal to update school meal patterns up for public comment
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing an update to the nutrition standards for meals served through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. more >>

March 3, 2011
Campbell selected as state’s newest Indian education director
Roger Campbell has been chosen as the Department of Education’s Indian education director. more >>

February 1, 2011
Partners needed for program that feeds children
When school is in session, more than 56,000 South Dakota children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. more >>

January 28, 2011
Board approves several program updates for Technical Institutes
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a handful of new and expanded programs for the four technical institutes. more >>

January 25, 2011
South Dakota students outperform nation in science
Results of the science portion of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress were released today, and South Dakota’s scores are at the top. more >>

January 24, 2011
Grant promoting access to postsecondary education expands
The South Dakota College Access Challenge Grant is expanding to include six Board of Regents’ institutions. more >>

Jan. 14, 2011
Library usage data now available
The South Dakota State Library Board got the first official look at this year’s school and public library Data Digests at its meeting today in Pierre. more >>