Thoughts on Common Core
A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard








Jan Martin, with the department’s Division of Assessment and Accountability, talks about this spring’s Field Test of the Smarter Balanced assessment



Legislative session under way
Click here for more information on bills DOE is tracking.



ELL student population growing Second story in a series on English Language Learners (ELLs) in South Dakota. Click here for more information.

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Smarter Balanced assessment roadshow starts Feb. 24

Testing workshops for the Smarter Balanced assessment will take place at various locations across the state, Feb. 24-28 and March 4-6:

   • Feb. 24, Rapid City
   • Feb. 25, Pierre
   • Feb. 26, Aberdeen
   • Feb. 27, Sioux Falls
   • Feb. 28, Sioux Falls

   • March 4, Rapid City
   • March 5, Oacoma
   • March 6, Watertown

These workshops will provide district and school testing coordinators with the training and resources they need in order to administer the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2014. Dakota STEP Science details and an update on all other upcoming assessments will also be provided. Click here to register.