Evaluation of South Dakota school district websites

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Sunshine Review contributors conducted a study of South Dakota school district websites from 2010 to 2013.

They researched to determine what type of information is available to the general public on these websites. The following page provides a snapshot of what they learned in the course of this research.

Reading the chart

600px-Yes check.png means that information is included on the school district website

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means that the information was not provided on the school district website

means that information was partially provided on the school district website

Conclusions chart


In 2012, Sunshine Review evaluated the ten largest school districts in South Dakota: Sioux Falls School District, Rapid City Area School District, Watertown School District, Aberdeen School District, Yankton School District, Meade School District, Brookings School District, Pierre School District, Mitchell School District, and Brandon Valley School District. These school districts averaged a C- website transparency grade.

Taxes? Budget? Meetings? Elected officials? Admin. Officials? Contracts? Audits? Public records? Academics? Background checks?
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2 5 9 7 7 1 4 1 7 5
0 3 1 3 3 2 2 1 0 0
600px-Red x.png
8 2 0 0 0 7 4 8 3 5

Correcting errors

If you discover an error in one of the above charts or on a school district page, please report the error to the school board elections project.