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ERIC Number: ED506716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 134
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
State Teacher Policy Yearbook: Progress on Teacher Quality, 2007. South Dakota State Summary
National Council on Teacher Quality
The "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" examines what is arguably the single most powerful authority over the teaching profession: state government. This South Dakota edition of the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ's) "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" is the first of what will be an annual look at the status of state policies impacting the teaching profession. It is hoped that this report will help focus attention on areas where state policymakers could make improvements to benefit both students and teachers. This policy evaluation is broken down into six areas that include a total of 27 goals. Broadly, these goals examine the impact of state policy on the preparation, certification, licensure, compensation and effectiveness of teachers across the elementary, secondary and special education spectra. South Dakota's progress toward meeting these goals is summarized. While South Dakota has met some of NCTQ's goals, overall it lags behind most other states in implementing teacher-related policy. South Dakota completely missed 13 goals, met a small portion of eight, partially met two and fully met four. South Dakota's best performance is in Area 1, "Meeting NCLB Teacher Quality Objectives;" however, there is still room for improvement. The state has a considerable amount of work to do in all other areas. South Dakota has relatively strong teacher preparation program requirements for secondary education teachers. Candidates are required to complete coursework in a content area and to pass a subject-matter test in order to attain licensure. This ensures that secondary teachers will be highly qualified in at least one area. However, the state needs to do more to address extensive weaknesses in its teacher policies. The body of the report provides a more detailed breakdown of the state's strengths and weaknesses in each area. Detailed rationale and "Food for Thought" for each area and corresponding goal are appended. (Contains 72 figures.) [Additional funding for this first edition of the "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" was provided by the Achelis Foundation, Bodman Foundation, Daniel's Fund, Fisher Family Foundation, Gleason Foundation, and The Teaching Commission. This state report is part of NCTQ's State Teacher Policy Yearbook series. For the national summary, see ED506661.]
National Council on Teacher Quality. 1420 New York Avenue NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-393-0020; Fax: 202-393-0095; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Koret Foundation; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation; Martha Holden Jennings Foundation; Milken Family Foundation; Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001