State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - South Dakota

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 S.D. Codified Laws § 13-27-1
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 1 S.D. Codified Laws § 13-28-2
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 5, if the child was enrolled in kindergarten and transfers from another state.
Opt out: Out of state transfer who did not attend kindergarten may proceed in appropriate grade.
S.D. Codified Laws § 13-28-2;
S.D. Codified Laws § 13-27-1
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Yes - all children must attend kindergarten before age 7. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-27-1
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day S.D. Codified Laws § 13-26-2;
S.D. Codified Laws § 13-26-1
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 437.5 hours per year for half-day kindergarten. 875 hours per year for grades 1-5. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-26-1
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Teacher ratios are set based on school district fall enrollment. There are not specific provisions for K-3 teaher-to-student ratios. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-13-10.1
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? No requirements specified in statute, however, professional development opportunities may be provided for teachers and other school staff to enable them to deliver scientifically-based literacy instruction.Statute requires teacher candidates demonstrate content knowledge in language arts and literacy among other subjects. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-37-55;
S.D. Admin. R. 24:53:07:02
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulations but mathematics is referenced as an emphasized content area on the SEA webpage http://www.doe.sd.gov/certification/documents/EC-Endorsement2.pdf
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood Endorsement, birth through grade 3. S.D. Admin. R. 24:28:19:01
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Students in grade 3 to 8 must take a state assessment in English language arts and mathematics. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-3-55
S.D. Admin. R. 24:55:01:01
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? The state assessment provides information on student progress towards achieving the state's content standards. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-3-55
S.D. Admin. R. 24:55:01:01
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Intervention is available to students in kindergarten through third grade. Interventions include, providing educational and behavioral evaluations, services and supports, including scientifically-based literacy instruction S.D. Codified Laws § 13-37-55
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation.

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