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South Dakota Education

A Profile on South Dakota Education and Schools

By

South Dakota Education

South Dakota Department of Education

South Dakota Secretary of Education:

Dr. Melody Schopp

District/School Information

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****

White: 81.3%

Black: 2.6%

Hispanic: 2.8%

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. ***

Private Schools

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.*

Teacher Pay

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

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