The state of South Dakota, through the South Dakota Department of Education (SD DOE) serves 172 school systems, 724 schools, and over 9300 educators to provide educational opportunities for over 123,700 public school students. SD DOE is continuing to move ahead with implementation of the Common Core standards for English and math; development of the Next Generation Science Standards; plans for a new accountability system; and groundwork for a new Longitudinal Data System. Recent legislation provides funding for the Investing in Teachers initiative which supports scholarships to attract individuals to critical teaching needs areas, provides bonuses to certain math and science teachers to build collaboration, along with bonuses to teachers based on student achievement, teacher leadership, or local market- based need.
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The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports 10 regional educational laboratories (RELs) across the country. These RELs are charged with supporting applied research and development, disseminating school improvement practices widely, and providing technical assistance to education agencies in their regions.