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Latest Media Releases


Headlines for 2013
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Welcome to the Department of Education’s press room. Here you will find the latest news relating to education in South Dakota. If you need background or statistics for a story or an expert to help interpret the information, contact Mary Stadick Smith, communications director, at (605) 773-7228.



June 13 2014
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.
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June 3, 2014
Special education reports now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online.
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May 21, 2014
Summer Food Service Program sites available statewide this summer
Across South Dakota this summer, organizations that operate in low-income areas, serve groups of mostly low-income children or operate summer camps with a high proportion of low-income participants are serving as sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program.
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May 19, 2014
Board approves advanced medical imaging program at MTI and surgical tech program expansion at STI
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a new degree program at Mitchell Technical Institute and a program expansion at Southeast Technical Institute.
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May 7, 2014
State scores remain steady and higher than national average
South Dakota’s 12th grade math and reading scores on the recently released 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, are above the national average and have remained steady since the test was first administered in the state in 2009.
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April 3, 2014
CEEDAR Center teams with South Dakota to better prepare educators to serve students with disabilities
South Dakota is one of only five states selected to receive intensive technical assistance from the newly created CEEDAR Center to improve educator preparation systems to advance the achievement of students with disabilities.
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March 24, 2014
Board holds first public hearing on new physical education standards
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed K-12 physical education standards earlier today.
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March 24, 2014
Board approves electrician program at STI and aviation option at LATI
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a new degree program at Southeast Technical Institute and a program expansion at Lake Area Technical Institute.
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March 24, 2014
Governor’s technical institute tuition buy-down keeps tuition flat
Tuition at the state’s four technical institutes will remain flat for the upcoming year, thanks to a tuition buy-down that was proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and supported by the State Legislature.
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Feb. 10, 2014
South Dakota public libraries receive accreditation
Eleven South Dakota public libraries were accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2013, under a tiered accreditation system.
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Jan. 30, 2014
Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors and sites
The South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors and sites for the Summer Food Service Program.
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Jan. 27, 2014
Board approves program expansions at Western Dakota Tech
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved several program expansions at Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City.
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Jan. 13, 2014
New SD Titles to Go for Kids helps kids find e-books and audiobooks
The South Dakota Titles To Go collaborative for public libraries has expanded its services with a new kids’ website. This separate site provides safe, easy browsing of children’s e-books and audiobooks.
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Jan. 8, 2014
Grants available to fund after-school programs
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are now available. The centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement regular school instruction.
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Jan. 6, 2014
Applications open for National Youth Science Camp
Two South Dakota high school seniors will have an opportunity to travel to West Virginia this summer for the annual National Youth Science Camp, a residential science education program.
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Jan. 2, 2014
Four South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Four South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 4,120 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2013. more >>

Nov. 22, 2013
Library of Congress Braille and Talking Book Program Releases Book Download App
People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability can now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, if they are registered with the South Dakota State Library’s Braille and Talking Book Program, a service of the Library of Congress. more >>

Nov. 18, 2013
Pierre teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Shana Davis, an English teacher at Riggs Academy, an alternative-education site at T.F. Riggs High School, received a $25,000 surprise today. more >>

Nov. 7, 2013
State test scores remain steady
South Dakota’s fourth grade and eighth grade scores for math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have remained steady since the test was first administered in the state in 2002. more >>

Nov. 1, 2013
State Library expands access to electronic resources
The State Library is pleased to announce that more e-books and two new e-resources called Mango Languages and ChiltonLibrary are available to South Dakotans. more >>

Oct. 17, 2013
Lindskov selected as 2014 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
LuAnn Lindskov, Timber Lake High School math and science teacher, has been selected as the 2014 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. more >>

Sept. 25, 2013
Indian Education Summit to feature national and local experts
The 2013 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma. more >>

Aug. 23, 2013
Education department announces guidelines for 2013-14 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals. more >>

Aug. 21, 2013
South Dakota ACT scores above average
Nearly 80 percent of South Dakota’s 2013 graduates took the ACT, earning an average composite score of 21.9, compared to a national average of 20.9. The state average has been at 21.8 for the past three years. more >>

July 31, 2013
School performance data released
The South Dakota Report Card highlighting school performance is now available online. The Report Card measures each of the state’s schools on key indicators and gives each school a score out of a total 100 points. more >>

July 19, 2013
South Dakota libraries sign on to serve as depositories
Two new libraries have been selected as full depositories for state government publications. more >>

June 10, 2013
Digital Bookmobile Tour shines spotlight on technology, literacy
The Digital Bookmobile National Tour will showcase the free e-book download service from South Dakota Titles to Go at Rawlins Municipal Library in Pierre on June 21, and at Watertown Regional Library in Watertown on June 22. more >>

June 4, 2013
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. more >>

May 17, 2013
Classroom innovation, technology grants available for schools
Details were recently released about a pair of new grant opportunities funded by the 2013 Legislature. more >>

May 8, 2013
Statewide reading challenge aims to curb summer learning loss
The South Dakota Department of Education is kicking off the Read South Dakota! Summer Reading Challenge, as schools are nearing the summer break. more >>

March 25, 2013
Technical institutes boast high job placement rates
South Dakota’s four technical institutes boasted high job-placement rates again this year, with a combined graduate placement rate of 97 percent. more >>

Feb. 15, 2013
Board of Education members reappointed
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed three members whose terms were expiring on the South Dakota Board of Education. more >>

Jan. 23, 2013
Ten South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Ten South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 4,980 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2012. more >>

Jan. 14, 2013
Board approves new Law Enforcement program for Lake Area Tech
The South Dakota Board of Education, meeting today, approved the addition of a Law Enforcement program at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. more >>

Jan. 14, 2013
Education Groups Launch Commission on Teaching and Learning
Educators from across South Dakota came together today to look at the best strategies to support students and teachers in the classroom. more >>

Jan. 10, 2013
South Dakota public libraries recognized for accreditation efforts
Seven South Dakota libraries were accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2012, under a relatively new system of tiered accreditation that began three years ago. more >>

Jan. 7, 2013
Grants available to fund after-school programs Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are now available online. more >>

Jan. 3, 2013
Applications open for National Youth Science Camp
Two South Dakota high school seniors will have an opportunity to travel to West Virginia this summer for the annual National Youth Science Camp, a residential science education program. more >>