SD House Panel OKs School Accountability Measure
by Associated Press
February 24, 2012 2:44 PM
A South Dakota House panel approved a bill that changes the state's measure of school achievement and adds a workgroup to grade how schools spend their dollars.
The amended measure steers South Dakota away from No Child Left Behind by setting multiple indicators that would assess student achievement instead of the 100 percent math and reading proficiencies expected by 2014 under the federal law.
Earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee added a section to the bill that requires a group of educators and business leaders to study each school's use of its money and help struggling schools learn from others making better financial choices.
Opponents say school boards should manage their own budgets, not the Legislature. Members voted 10-4 on Friday. Next, the House floor will have its say.