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SD proposing new school assessment system

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State Education Secretary Melody Schopp says South Dakota has proposed a new system for assessing school performance to replace the federal school improvement law known as No Child Left Behind.

Schopp says the proposed new system would not only qualify South Dakota for a waiver from the current federal program, but also would provide a long-term method of holding schools accountable after Congress makes changes in the education law.

Schopp says the proposed new system would use five factors to give a better assessment of how well schools are performing. It would measure student proficiency, student growth, students' readiness for college or jobs, the effectiveness of teachers and administrators, and community assessments of schools.

After making final changes, the state will seek federal approval for the new system in February.

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