DOE’s Director of Assessment and Accountability discusses Growth Model Work Group progress



USDA proposes nutrition rules for foods sold in schools; submit comments now
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule on nutrition standards for all foods sold in school was published in the Federal Register earlier this month. Click here to view the proposed rule. Public comments are due before April 9.




Application deadline for CTE program approval approaching
Applications are now being accepted to become an approved Career & Technical Education program in school year 2013-14. The deadline to submit an application is March 8. Each program seeking approval must apply. Click here for more information.

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Tentative timeline for School Performance Index release announced

The Department of Education is looking ahead to the release of School Performance Index data and scores this summer and recently released a timeline of critical dates relating to the process.

Please keep in mind that the dates below are tentative.

TENTATIVE schedule for release of 2012-13 School Performance Index data, scores, classifications (i.e., annual Report Card process)

June 14 – Last day for districts to make changes to SY 2012-13 data in Infinite Campus

July 8-12 – Districts review and validate School Performance Index data. If errors in the data are discovered, this will be the time period to fix them. We recommend that you have appropriate staff available during this time to assist with the data review process.

July 17 – Department offers session on School Performance Index and annual Report Card at Superintendents Conference, Pierre

July 25 – Department provides districts with their schools’ School Performance Index data and scores prior to public release of Report Card on Tuesday, July 30

July 25-29 – Districts use this time to share their local School Performance Index data and scores with key audiences, including Monday board meetings if applicable

July 30 – Public release of statewide School Performance Index data and Report Card (results posted on DOE’s website and media release sent out)

Aug. 15 – Deadline for formal appeals to be submitted

Sept. 14 – Deadline for department to make decisions on formal appeals