Public schools, statewide accountability system established.
A single, statewide state accountability system is established. The system shall hold
public schools and public school districts accountable for the academic achievement of their
students and shall ensure that all public schools and all public school districts make adequate yearly
progress in continuously and substantially improving the academic achievement of their students.
Section 2. The state accountability system shall be based on the South Dakota Content Standards in reading and mathematics approved by the South Dakota Board of Education. The yearly progress of students shall be measured by the state academic assessments as may be prescribed by the Legislature, and shall take into account the achievement of all public elementary school and secondary school students in reading and mathematics annually. An additional academic
indicator shall be used in the measurement of yearly progress: the additional academic indicator for
the public K-8 elementary schools shall be the annual rate of student attendance; the additional
academic indicator for public 9-12 high schools shall be the annual rate of graduation.
The state accountability system shall establish a timeline for adequate yearly progress
that ensures that no later than the 2013-2014 school year, all students meet or exceed the state's
proficient level of academic achievement as measured by the state's assessments. Annual measurable
objectives in both reading and mathematics shall be established to ensure continuous and substantial
academic improvement of the achievement of all public school students as well as sub-groups of
public school students, including economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial
and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency. The
annual measurable objectives shall identify a single minimum percentage of students who are
required to meet or exceed the proficient level on the academic assessments. The objectives shall
be applied separately in reading and mathematics and shall be applied to all students and to each
sub-group of students described in this section. The annual measurable objectives shall be used for
determining adequate yearly progress.
The state accountability system shall determine annually the progress of each public
school and public school district, including the annual progress of sub-groups of students, using
annual assessment data and data from one additional academic indicator. The school's progress in
mathematics and reading shall be compared separately to the state's annual objectives for adequate
yearly progress in mathematics and reading. The results of the comparisons shall be used to
determine the school's achievement level based on the state's achievement standards. The district's
progress in mathematics and reading shall be compared separately to the state's annual objectives
in mathematics and reading. The results of the comparisons shall be used to determine the district's
achievement levels based on the state's achievement standards.
Four levels of academic achievement shall be defined, including a proficient level, and
shall be known as South Dakota's achievement standards. The four levels shall be used to categorize
public schools and public school districts based on the comparison of their achievement levels in
mathematics and reading to the state's annual objectives.
The state accountability system shall include consequences for schools and districts
in the form of sanctions, rewards, and recognition. The consequences shall be based on the school's
or district's ranking on the state's achievement standards.
The state accountability system will be implemented and administered by the
Department of Education and Cultural Affairs.
The South Dakota Board of Education may promulgate administrative rules pursuant
to chapter 1-26 to establish the state accountability system, including: