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Chapter 24:28 (Educator Certification) The effect and purpose of the rules will be to update the state certification process for educators to: streamline the certification process; eliminate unnecessary barriers to the certification process; and ensure educators meet the minimum content and pedagogical knowledge requirements expected of them prior to being certified. The reason for adopting the proposed rules is to create a state certification system for educators that more closely aligns with the realities of education in South Dakota and to improve outdated procedures and requirements. For the last two years, the Department of Education has been leading work groups through a comprehensive study of the current certification system and has identified areas in which conflicting rules and outdated requirements have created inefficiencies and unnecessary barriers both for candidates seeking to teach in the state and for schools desiring to hire educators. When adopted, these rules will ensure that applicants meet state requirements for the courses they teach or the leadership positions they hold, but will eliminate many of the inefficiencies and barriers identified by the workgroups. 03/20/2017 05/01/2017 03/17/2017
Article 24:44 (School Finance Accountability Board) The effect of the rules will be to establish an appeals process, and a set of factors that will be used to determine if a school district be recommended for a waiver from their accountabilities in regards to teacher compensation as outlined in SDCL 13-13-73.6. The reason for adopting the proposed rules are so school districts may know what factors are considered an allowable exception to accountabilities. The proposed rules also ensure compliance of the School Finance Accountability Board with their duties as outlined in SDCL 1-45-38. 03/16/2017 05/01/2017 03/15/2017
§ 24:05:16:19 and 24:05:27:17 (Special Education); § 24:10:48:01 (CTE); Article 24:15 (Certification); § 24:18:01:01 (Certificate Denial and Discipline procedures); § 24:43:10:01 and §§ 24:43:13 (Accreditation); § 24:53:02:01 (Program Approval) The effect and purpose for these rule changes are to clean up rules that are no longer applicable due to the development of updated educator certification rules in Article 24:28. 03/20/2017 05/01/2017 03/17/2017
(Article 24 Chapters 10-17-55-57-58) Sections 24:10:42:27 and 24:10:42:28 (PTI set asides and Per Student Allocation) The effect and purpose of changes to § 24:10:42:27 and § 24:10:42:28 (PTI set asides and per student allocation) is to include the National Guard Tuition Benefit funds as a set aside in the technical institute budget and note the PTI per student allocation as set for fiscal year 2018 by the South Dakota Legislature. Chapter 24:10:49 (PTI Instructor Salary Support Funds) The effect and purpose of changes to § 24:10:49 (PTI Instructor Salary Support Funds) is to clarify the distribution and application of technical institute instructor salary support funds for fiscal year 2018. Section 24:17:03:06 (Student Count for State Aid Purposes) The effect and purpose of changes to § 24:17:03:06 (Student Attendance Drop Rule) is simply a clarification related to which non-attending students are dropped from state aid calculations. Article 24:55 (Public School Accountability System) The effect and purpose of changes Article 24:55 (Public School Accountability System) would suspend calculation of the School Performance Index for the 2016-2017 school year and hold over classifications from the 2014-15 school year. Article 24:57 (Teacher Performance Standards & Evaluations) and Article 24:58 (Principal Performance Standards & Evaluations) The effect and reason for the changes to the rules is to allow local flexibility in decisions regarding the incorporation of assessments and student growth ratings in implementation of teacher and principal evaluation systems. 05/15/2017 06/05/2017 05/11/2017