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K-12 Education in South Dakota
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Melody Schopp
Number of students: 128,016[1]
Number of teachers: 9,247
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:13.8
Number of school districts: 171
Number of schools: 704
Graduation rate: 83%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $8,805[3]
See also
South Dakota Department of Education
South Dakota school districts
List of school districts in South Dakota
South Dakota
School boards portal
Policypedia
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Education policy project
Public education in the United States
Public education in South Dakota
Glossary of education terms
South Dakota is home to 171 school districts, 704 schools and 128,016 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education[5]
    • Donald A. Kirkegaard, President
    • Patricia Simmons, Vice President
    • Kelly Duncan
    • Glenna N. Fouberg
    • Richard Gowen
    • Marilyn Hoyt
    • Julie Mathiesen
    • Stacy Phelps
    • Terry Sabers

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

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.[6]

Demographic information for South Dakota's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 14,950 11.68% 1.10%
Asian 1,966 1.54% 4.68%
African American 3,390 2.65% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students 124 0.10% 0.42%
Hispanic 4,993 3.90% 24.37%
White 100,417 78.44% 51.21%
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.[7]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: South Dakota school board elections, 2014

A total of two South Dakota school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for four seats. Sioux Falls School District held elections on April 8, 2014. Rapid City Area School District held elections on June 3, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about South Dakota's school board elections in 2014:

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Sioux Falls School District with 21,390 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Rapid City Area School District with 13,382 K-12 students.
  • Both districts had two seats up for election in 2014.

The districts listed below served 34,772 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[8] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 South Dakota School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Sioux Falls School District 4/8/2014 2 5 21,390
Rapid City Area School District 6/3/2014 2 7 13,382


Path to the ballot

To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in South Dakota, a person must be:[9]

  • 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.[9]

Campaign finance

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.[10]

See also

External links

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References

  1. 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
  2. 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."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 12, 2013
  5. South Dakota Department of Education, "Board Members," accessed June 13, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Washington Post, "Virginia, 5 other states awarded extension to ‘No Child’ waiver," July 3, 2014
  8. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Associated School Boards of South Dakota, "So, You Want to Become a School Board Member," accessed July 9, 2014
  10. South Dakota Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance FAQs," accessed July 9, 2014