South Dakota Education
South Dakota Secretary of Education:Dr. Melody Schopp
Length of School Year: A minimum of 437.5 (K) and 962.5 (1-12) hours is required by South Dakota state law.
Number of Public School Districts: There are 156 public school districts in South Dakota.
Number of Public Schools: There are 724 public schools in South Dakota. ****
Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 123,713 public school students in South Dakota. ****
Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 9,326 public school teachers in South Dakota.****
Number of Charter Schools: There are 0 charter schools in South Dakota.
Per Pupil Spending: South Dakota spends $8,881 per pupil in public education. ****
Average Class Size: The average class size In South Dakota is 13.3 students per 1 teacher. ****
% of Title I Schools: 74.0% of schools in South Dakota are Title I Schools.****
% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 14.5% of students in South Dakota are on IEP's. ****
% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 3.2% of students in South Dakota are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****
% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 37.1% of students in South Dakota schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****
Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: 12.0%
School Assessment Data
Graduation Rate: 81.8% of all students entering high school in South Dakota graduate. **
ACT/SAT rank: 240.2 students per 1000 in South Dakota had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***
8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****
Math: 291 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in South Dakota. The U.S. average was 283.
Reading: 269 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in South Dakota. The U.S. average was 264.
% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 72.1% of students in South Dakota go on to attend some level of college. ***
Number of Private Schools: There are 86 private schools in South Dakota.*
Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 11,456 private school students in South Dakota.*
The average teacher pay for the state of South Dakota was $37,536.67 in 2009.##
Each individual district in the state of South Dakota negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.
The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in South Dakota provided by the Rapid City Area Schools.
*Data courtesy of Education Bug .
**Data courtesy of ED.gov
***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis
****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics
##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info