Brief | November 10, 2017

South Dakota's Content Standards Will Bolster Its Future Success

High standards and relevant assessments will help make young South Dakotans workforce-ready, military-eligible and crime-free

What happens in our classrooms today will determine South Dakota’s future success. But some signs are troubling. For example, only 34 percent of South Dakota’s 8th graders are proficient in math and 34 percent are proficient in reading. If our young people are not well-educated, they will not be ready for college or careers, including careers in the military, and will be more likely to turn to crime.

South Dakota’s content standards establish what children need to know at each grade level so that they are ready to achieve success in higher or vocational education, career, military service, or on any productive path that they choose in life.

Donald Goldhorn, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired)

South Dakota’s Content Standards and aligned assessments can help ensure that students are receiving a high-quality education, so all students are prepared for success in postsecondary education, the civilian workforce, or the military, if they choose to serve.

This report outlines why South Dakota’s Content Standards, along with aligned assessments, are the clearest way to demonstrate our state’s commitment to a world-class education and show measurable results.