Performance categories in South Dakota schools are changing, Rapid City Journal reports.
Public schools will no longer be judged on teacher effectiveness or school climate, the SD Board of Education learned on Monday. The U.S. Department of Education approved of the changes based on the state's flexibility waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements for the 2014-2015 school year.
Instead, state Department of Education officials plan for the school performance index to be based on three criteria.
For elementary and middle schools:
- 20 percent for attendance
- 40 percent student achievement on standardized tests
- 40 percent on year-to-year student improvements on standardized tests
For highs schools:
- Graduation rates
- Student achievements
- College readiness
Standardized tests are administered to all South Dakota students grades 3-8 and grade 11.