South Dakota school districts
|K-12 Education in South Dakota|
|State Superintendent: Melody Schopp|
|Number of students: 128,016|
|Number of teachers: 9,247|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:13.8|
|Number of school districts: 171|
|Number of schools: 704|
|Graduation rate: 83%|
|Per-pupil spending: $8,805|
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Public education in South Dakota
Glossary of education terms
- 1 Quick facts
- 2 In the news
- 3 State law
- 4 School board elections
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
State school administrators
- State Board of Education
- Donald A. Kirkegaard, President
- Patricia Simmons, Vice President
- Kelly Duncan
- Glenna N. Fouberg
- Richard Gowen
- Marilyn Hoyt
- Julie Mathiesen
- Stacy Phelps
- Terry Sabers
|Enrollment, 2011-2012||ACT scores, 2013|
|1.) Sioux Falls School District||1.) Parkston School District|
|2.) Rapid City Area School District||2.) Brookings School District|
|3.) Aberdeen School District||3.) Milbank School District|
|4.) Watertown School District||4.) Brandon Valley School District|
|5.) Brandon Valley School District||5.) Pierre School District|
|6.) Brookings School District||6.) Canton School District|
|7.) Yankton School District||7.) Freeman School District|
|8.) Harrisburg School District||8.) Vermillion School District|
|9.) Douglas School District||9.) Warner School District|
|10.) Mitchell School District||10.) West Central School District|
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in South Dakota as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic information for South Dakota's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students||124||0.10%||0.42%|
|Two or more||2,176||1.70%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
In the news
Federal waiver for No Child Left Behind requirements
In July 2014, The U.S. Department of Education granted one-year waivers from some requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act to South Dakota and five other states. The South Dakota Department of Education first applied for more flexibility under federal education requirements in 2012. The one-year waiver lasts through the 2014-2015 school year and requires the creation of improvement plans to reduce achievement gaps. State education officials need to develop annual objectives for reading and math test scores as well as graduation rates to comply with waiver requirements.
Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The South Dakota State Board of Education adopted the standards on November 29, 2010. Full implementation is scheduled to be achieved in the 2014-2015 academic year.
School board composition
South Dakota school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to fill vacancies until the next election for the seat is held. South Dakota school board elections typically follow one of these two methods:
- At-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
- Trustee area at-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, but candidates must reside in specific geographic areas within the school district.
School boards can consist of five, seven or nine members. Board members serve three-year terms with elections held each year at a time determined by local election officials.
South Dakota contains multiple types of school districts. A public school district offers K-12 courses for students in a single city or county. Cooperative districts are typically multiple small districts combined into a single governing body to serve rural communities.
South Dakota does not impose statewide term limits on school board members. However, terms limits on school board members can still be imposed on the local level.
School board elections
A total of two South Dakota school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections for five seats in 2015. The first election will be April 14, 2015, and the second will be June 2, 2015.
Here are several quick facts about South Dakota's school board elections in 2015:
- The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2015 is Sioux Falls School District with 22,827 K-12 students.
- The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2015 is Rapid City Area School District with 13,627 K-12 students.
- Rapid City Area School District has the most seats on the ballot in 2015 with three seats up for election.
- Sioux Falls School District has the fewest seats on the ballot in 2015 with two seats up for election.
The districts listed below served 36,454 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.
|2015 South Dakota School Board Elections|
|District||Date||Seats up for election||Total board seats||Student enrollment|
|Sioux Falls School District||4/14/2015||2||5||22,827|
|Rapid City Area School District||6/2/2015||3||7||13,627|
Path to the ballot
To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in South Dakota, a person must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- A resident of the school district at the time of the election
- An eligible voter of the district
Candidates must file nominating petitions with signatures from at least 20 voters in the district to the district's business office. The filing deadline for a school board election is at least 39 days prior to the election.
State law requires candidates to file itemized accounts of campaign contributions to the South Dakota Secretary of State if contributions exceed $100. A candidate has to report contributions under $100 but does not need to provide an itemized list of contributions.
- School board elections portal
- United States school districts
- List of school districts in South Dakota
- South Dakota Department of Education
- Public education in South Dakota
- South Dakota
- South Dakota Secretary of State
- South Dakota Department of Education
- Associated School Boards of South Dakota
- South Dakota Education Association
- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 12, 2013
- South Dakota Department of Education, "Board Members," accessed June 13, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 11, 2014
- South Dakota Department of Education, "ACT Test Results 2013," accessed July 11, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- Washington Post, "Virginia, 5 other states awarded extension to ‘No Child’ waiver," July 3, 2014
- Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed June 12, 2014
- South Dakota Department of Education, "Common Core State Standards," accessed June 17, 2014
- Associated School Boards of South Dakota, "So, You Want to Become a School Board Member," accessed July 9, 2014
- South Dakota Department of Education, "Educational Directory," accessed July 10, 2014
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance FAQs," accessed July 9, 2014
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