Board of Education Standards

SD Department of Education

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards unanimously approves changes to the state’s high school graduation requirements after a public hearing in Pierre. The changes allow students more flexibility without changing the number of credits required for a diploma. 

The changes include three endorsements that can be added to a student’s high school transcript. Each endorsement requires particular courses to fulfill existing credit requirements, but students don’t need to choose an endorsement in order to receive a basic high school diploma.

SD Department of Education

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards is adopting updates to six subject areas, including math and English language arts. The board is responsible for curriculum standards for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Becky Nelson is the Director of Learning and Instruction for the state Department of Education. She says most changes involve clarifying language in existing standards. For instance, math standards now include learning how to read both digital and analog clocks in third grade. Nelson says the board has also added new standards for math beyond algebra.