Preparing for Teacher Effectiveness Pilot
Hear an update on the Commission for Teaching & Learning, the Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Pilots, and the new Teachscape tool being made available to all public districts.




Common Core in the Classroom

The Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management recently released “Seeing the Future: How the Common Core Will Affect Mathematics and English Language Arts in Grades 3-12 Across America”. This publication explores the various changes that will take place in classrooms under the Common Core.
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State Board of Education to meet, public hearings scheduled

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet July 17-18 in Pierre. The public hearing portion of the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. (Central) on Thursday.
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South Dakota applying for waivers

South Dakota has been one of several states working with the Council of Chief State School Officers to press for some flexibility related to statewide assessment. The state plans to apply for waivers related to double testing and attaching personnel decisions to student growth.



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Eight after-school programs funded through grant

A total of eight 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. Grants range from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. While some of these funds go to schools, the grants must specifically support programs offered outside of school hours. Projects are funded for a period of five years based upon successful implementation and annual reviews. A total of 36 organizations applied for funding this year.

This year’s recipients include:
• Belle Fourche School District
• Boys and Girls Club of Watertown
• Dupree School District
• Huron School District
• McIntosh School District
• Mitchell School District
• Sioux Falls Volunteers of America
• Stanley County School District

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide a range of high-quality services that support student learning and development. Academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, homework help, music, arts, sports and cultural activities are key components of the grants. The learning centers also offer literacy and other educational services to families of participating children.

The program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Click here for more information.