South Dakota



State Governance

State Board of Education

South Dakota’s State Board of Education consists of seven members, each serving a four-year term. Board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.

The State Board of Education has the authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments

Governor

Dennis Daugaard (R)

Chief State School Officer

Melody Schopp

Appointed by the governor

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 39.5%

English Language Learners: 3.2%

Served by IDEA: 14.1%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the a national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the a national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the a national average:

 

Graduation Rates

Adjusted cohort graduation rates between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

No Charter School Laws

ESSA Plan & Implementation

South Dakota intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about South Dakota’s ESSA approach.