July 29, 2011 - Volume 31 Issue 20



South Dakota schools will not face higher proficiency targets for this year's math and reading tests — in defiance of No Child Left Behind, Education Secretary Melody Schopp said. The move could put tens of millions of federal dollars at risk, but Schopp said her office would be unable to respond to the number of schools that would require state intervention. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 06/29/11


“Being called very, very difficult is the beginning of success. Until you’ve been called very, very difficult you’re really nobody at all.” –Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (1908 – 1989) American actress of film, television and theater.


“When we discussed this with the superintendents and their instructional leaders, they said this makes more sense. This gives us more flexibility.” – Brenda Williams on the Education Department’s reduced technology funding request

“We’re basically as flexible as the counties need us to be. We now tell districts to use the two weeks however they see best fit.” – Juan D’Brot on allowing schools to give the WESTEST2 earlier in May

“We’re not trying to create a magic bullet or panacea. Basically, what we’re doing is trying to reframe data to make it more accessible to students, teachers and parents, so they can better understand what student performance really means.” – Juan D’Brot on the new growth model for assessments

“If they can be involved in their own learning, be engaged, then they’re going to be far more successful. And really, isn’t that what we want them to do in everything?” – Mary Lu MacCorkle on using “test talks” to improve students’ performance

“Education is about more than just reading and math. It’s about the arts and world language and about increasing quality-of-life skills. Good nutrition is an issue for all of us regardless of income, especially since we’re seeing so much obesity in the state.” – Deputy Supt. Chuck Heinlein

“The full continuum of care must be addressed in order to resolve the problem.” – Vickie Jones, commissioner of behavioral health and health facilities, on a new plan to address substance abuse

“At what age are we going to have to delve down into our education system where we can somehow turn off the faucet? It’s much harder and much more costly when we start trying to deal with this after there is already an addiction instead of a prevention issue. I see education being a huge issue.” – Sen. Ron Stollings




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