South Dakota’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver extension request was approved by the U.S. Department of Education on July 3,2014. This is an amendment to, and extension of, the original Flexibility Waiver request approved on June 29,2012.
South Dakota began the process of developing a new statewide accountability model in September 2011. The Department of Education assembled a group of 23 individuals representing key stakeholder groups to provide recommendations regarding a next-generation accountability model for South Dakota. The group met four times. During that time period, the U.S. Department of Education also issued its ESEA Waiver Flexibility package.