Director of Assessment & Accountability talks about proposed changes to South Dakota’s accountability system.



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Upcoming Events






Regional Meetings 2013: E-books & School Libraries
Dec. 17, Aberdeen

What's going on with e-books in school libraries?

The South Dakota State Library and the School Section of the South Dakota Library Association will hold regional meetings for certified-teacher librarians, paraprofessional librarians, district librarians, library aides, and administrators who wish to learn more about the current e-book landscape. Get an overview of what’s available for schools and ways to integrate e-books with online resources and the Common Core State Standards. School librarians at each location will get to discuss and demonstrate e-book platforms they use now, and there will be time for exploration and questions, so bring your own laptop, tablet, or other device of your choice. Wi-Fi will be provided through hotspot connections.

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Alternate Assessment Road Show
Jan. 6-9, 2014, Various locations statewide

2014 STEP-A Pretest Workshop

The 2014 STEP-A Pretest workshop is for all teachers who administer the Dakota STEP-A Assessment. The topics covered will include but are not limited to: student eligibility for the STEP-A, selecting and developing high-quality supporting evidence submissions, completing the rating form, role of the second rater, test security, and receiving/packing/shipping test materials.

It is required that all raters who are administering the STEP-A be trained on the administration of the assessment.

An update on the NCSC Alternate Assessment Pilot will also be provided.


Curriculum and Instructional Materials for NCSC

South Dakota is in the third year of a three-year phase-in of the Common Core State Standards. The Department of Education and local school districts have been conducting Common Core State Standards training over the last three years. It is the expectation that special education teachers, including those who teach students participating in the alternate assessment, have been receiving training on the Common Core State Standards.

The focus of this session is to review some of the NCSC math curriculum and instructional materials and to introduce the ELA curriculum and instructional materials that have been developed to support students' access to grade-level content of the Common Core State Standards.

This session is appropriate for special education teachers, curriculum directors, and administrators who will be teaching or training teachers who work with students participating in alternate assessments.

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School Health Guidelines training
March 17, 2014, Pierre

Schools interested in learning how to develop or enhance their School Wellness Policy are encouraged to attend the “School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity” training to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014, at the Kings Inn Conference Center in Pierre.

The School Health Guidelines, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide evidence-based guidance for schools on how to most effectively promote the health of children and adolescents aged 5 to 18 years.

Physical education and health teachers, school nutrition directors, school health council members, other school staff, community members, policy makers, parents, and students are all encouraged to attend this FREE training.

Sponsors include the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - South Dakota. For more information, call Karen Keyser at 605-773-6808. Click here for more information and to register.





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