Common Core in South Dakota:
South Dakota Common Core

South Dakota’s approach to implementing the Common Core has been completely hands-off. The state has not published or provided school districts with any kind of state-standardized guides for implementation.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

HB 1204 would have required the state board of education to pause Common Core implementation until the CCSS was approved by the state legislature, but the bill failed in February 2013. HB 1214 required a financial study of Common Core implementation, but timed out before it was voted upon. HB 1187 was voted down 8–7 in committee. It would have allowed parents to opt their children out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests.


HB 1237 would form a council to study potential impacts of the Common Core. SCR 2, a resolution introduced by State Senator Jensen, expresses several concerns over the Common Core State Standards.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in South Dakota

Senator Bolin
Opposes CC

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Updated: 5/26/2014