SD Official: ‘New Era’ in School Accountability

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Education Secretary Melody Schopp says the state’s waiver from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law “marks a new era in accountability for South Dakota schools.”
South Dakota is among five additional states being freed from the 2002 law’s requirements in exchange for developing their own accountability plans. Schopp says South Dakota’s plan “encompasses multiple measures that indicate how well a school is performing.”
They include student achievement, academic growth, attendance, teacher and principal effectiveness, school climate, and college and career readiness.
Schopp says components of the plan will be phased in over time, with full implementation during the 2014-15 school year.

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