Hear Secretary Schopp and MetaMetrics President Malbert Smith discuss summer reading loss on SDPB's Dakota Midday


State increases bandwidth to more than 150 schools

The South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT), in partnership with the Department of Education, is working throughout the summer to increase bandwidth to 159 school sites across the state, impacting 122 school districts. Click here for more information.



Moore named interim director of Indian education for the state

Keith Moore of Sioux Falls has been named the interim director of Indian education for the South Dakota Department of Education.



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Course to help educators understand, use data to guide instructional decisions

A new course offered by the Department of Education and the University of South Dakota has received great response and is full for its first summer. The course will help administrators and counselors use data to guide instruction

Instructors Kelly Duncan, Ph.D., and Gerta Bardhoshi, Ph.D., will provide participants with the skills they need to analyze and use data in order to answer important educational questions and drive positive change. Any South Dakota administrator or counselor was eligible to participate, with those representing Priority or Focus schools especially encouraged to attend.

Online pre-work began June 6 through distance learning, and face-to-face instruction will take place June 20 on the campus of Mitchell Technical Institute. A class project will be due June 30. Department staff are hoping similar courses could be opened up to teachers throughout the state next year.

Contact Sara Kock or Marcus Bevier for more information, and watch doe.sd.gov for updates on future courses.