No Child Left Behind

Rapid City Middle School Receives $900,000 Grant

Jan 12, 2017
Katy Urban / Rapid City Area Schools

Rapid City school district leaders say a $900,000 improvement grant for North Middle School will help students achieve proficiency in math and reading levels.

North Middle School is a Title One, focus school. That means its population is made up largely of students from low income families and other subgroups that score low proficiency scores in state assessments.

Dakota Digest for December 11, 2015

Dec 13, 2015

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, Governor Dennis Daugaard gave his annual Budget Address at the state capital in Pierre. Also, a constitutional amendment to establish non-partisan elections in South Dakota could be on the ballot in 2016.   

Senate Approves Reforms To No Child Left Behind

Dec 10, 2015
John Thune

The Senate has passed an education reform bill that changes the No Child Left Behind Law. Congressional Officials say that some reforms are expected help prevent youth suicide in Indian Country.

South Dakota Senator John Thune says changes to No Child Left behind will give more control to teachers, parents, states and school boards.  Thune added two amendments to the bill that he says will help address the youth suicide epidemic in Indian Country. 

South Dakota schools have a waiver from No Child Left Behind but it lasts for just one year, and federal officials have put the state on high risk status.

South Dakota’s first waiver from NCLB lasted for three years. The latest exemption applies for only one year – and it’s happening because of teacher evaluations.

The US Senate is debating the Every Child Achieves Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind. Senator Mike Rounds hopes an amendment to the measure helps improve the quality of education in Indian Country.