South Dakota - Student Assessments: Assessment Authority

Assessment Authority
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The South Dakota State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.


Promulgation of rules to establish state accountability system. The South Dakota Board of Education may promulgate administrative rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 to establish the state accountability system based on achievement and other indicators including:
(1) A definition of academic progress;
(2) The method of calculating yearly progress in mathematics and reading for all public schools, including methods for determining both the status and growth;
(3) A definition of four levels of student achievement, including a proficient level;
(4) Determination of cut scores in mathematics and reading for each level of student achievement;
(5) Establishment of the measurable objectives for academic progress;
(6) Establishment of a system of sanctions, rewards, and recognition;
(7) Establishment of the process for teacher and principal evaluation;
(8) Determination of the criteria to demonstrate student preparedness for college and career for each public high school;
(9) Determination of the method for calculating the attendance rate for each public elementary and middle school;
(10) Establishment of an appeal process for public schools; and
(11) Establishment of a process whereby the state accountability system will be periodically reviewed.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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