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South Dakota Report Card for Education indicates progress for schools

More than two-thirds of South Dakota high school graduates pursue postsecondary education, and the majority of those students choose to stay in the state for their education beyond high school.

According to briefing last month on the release of the 2018 Report Card for South Dakota, 69 percent of South Dakota students graduate high school and go on to pursue some kind of postsecondary work at a two-year or four-year institution and many of those students choose to stay in South Dakota.

The 2018 Report Card, the first under the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the South Dakota Board of Education standards received a briefing on the report card at its meeting in November. According to Interim Secretary of Education Mary Smith, the new report card is reflective of trying to pain a broader picture and using that data to drive continuous improvement.

Data from the report card indicates progress in a number of areas with 59 percent of students meeting the benchmark for growth in English language arts in 2017-2018, up from 55.69 percent in the previous year. In math, 53 percent of the students met the growth benchmark, up from 52.81 percent.

Overall, school performance also has shown improvement. Parents and anyone interested can view the complete report online on the South Dakota Department of Education website.