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Teachers needed for Dakota STEP work

Administrators: Do you have a teacher with strong opinions about the state’s assessment system? The Department of Education is looking for educators to serve on several Dakota STEP work groups. Please consider nominating someone from your district for this important task. (See groups and links to online nomination below.)

The department will reimburse all selected participants for mileage, meals and lodging (at state rates) and will pay a stipend of $125 a day or $62.50 a half-day. The department also will reimburse each participant’s district $70 per day to go toward substitute pay, if necessary.

Participants will be notified via e-mail once the work groups have been selected later this month.

Reading, Math and Science
Alignment Work Groups
Oct. 26 and 27, Sioux Falls

Participating teachers will need to have experience in the subject they wish to be part of at the appropriate grade levels (3-8 and 11). A diverse group of teachers representing both large and small districts across the state, including special education and English language learner teachers, is needed.

These groups will review possible Dakota STEP items in the areas of reading, math and science for alignment to the South Dakota content standards. There will be separate work groups for each content area.

To nominate teachers for any of these work groups, click on the appropriate content area and grade grouping below. The deadline to nominate has been extended to Sept. 24.

Reading Grades 3-5
Reading Grades 6-7
Reading Grades 8 and 11

Math Grades 3-5
Math Grades 6-7
Math Grades 8 and 11

Science Grades 5, 8 and 11


If you or your teachers have any questions about this process, please contact Gay Pickner, Department of Education, at (605) 773-3247.



Reading Passage Bias and Content Work Group
Oct. 28, Sioux Falls

Participating teachers will need to have experience in reading instruction at the appropriate grade levels (3-8 and 11). A diverse group of teachers representing both large and small districts across the state, including special education and English language learner teachers, is needed.

This group will review Dakota STEP passages for grade-appropriate content. Teachers also will identify and eliminate bias from these passages and ensure that they are sensitive to the diverse circumstances of all students.

To nominate teachers who are interested in participating in the Reading Passage Bias and Content Work Group, click on the appropriate grade grouping below. The deadline to nominate has been extended to Sept. 24.

Grades 3, 4, 5, 6
Grades 7, 8 and 11