Child nutrition reauthorization:
Rethinking school food service

Last month, President Obama signed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Commonly referred to as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, it provides funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs, including $4.5 billion in new funding over 10 years.

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Measuring technology literacy:
Results show most students proficient or better

South Dakota’s students achieved an average score of 319 on the 2010 8th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment. The average score was 298 in 2009. The assessment is designed to measure what students understand about technology.

Fifty-eight percent of students scored in the proficient and advanced levels in 2010, compared to 44 percent in 2009.

“While we’re pleased to see growth, we really need another year or two of data before we can start to define trends,” said Dr. Wade Pogany, director of assessment and technology systems for the Department of Education. “This is still a new assessment.”

Required under No Child Left Behind, the assessment was administered statewide for the 1st time in the spring of 2009. Last year marked the 2nd administration of the test. Scores are on a scale of 100 to 500. The assessment measures students’ technology literacy in areas such as research and information fluency; technology operations and concepts; communication and collaboration; and digital citizenship.

The 8th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment is delivered completely online, which is different from traditional paper-and-pencil tests such as the Dakota STEP.

The 2011 testing window for the Technology Literacy Assessment is April 25-May 13. The department will offer training sessions for testing coordinators and technology directors beginning in March, with follow-up training after district-level results become available.

Click here for a complete schedule of training opportunities.

For more information, visit the 8th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment webpage.