School Choice Score: 0%
The state permits some choice allowing students to attend any public school in state if there is room.
Online Learning Score: 0%
The South Dakota Virtual School (SDVS) is a clearinghouse of distance courses offered by approved providers. All course offerings are approved by the South Dakota Department of Education. SDVS is open to public middle or high school students and home school students, as long as they register through their home district.
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Teacher Quality Score: 62%
Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are based on teacher effectiveness. There is no assurance that teachers who receive unsatisfactory evaluations will be placed on structured improvement plans or that they will be eligible for dismissal. Performance is not considered during layoffs. South Dakota districts retain authority over teacher compensation, and there is a pilot performance pay program in some districts throughout the state.