- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota education officials have released the state’s 2015 Report Card.

The report shows performance information, including how schools and school districts in the state scored on the new Smarter Balance tests in English language arts and math. The tests given to students in grades 3-8 and 11 are designed to evaluate whether students are on track to be college ready.

Scores show that the percentage of South Dakota students in those grades at or above Level 3 “proficient” was 49.5 percent in English language arts and 41.3 percent in math.

State Education Secretary Melody Schopp says students in the state performed better than expected on the more rigorous assessment tests.

The report card also shows 36 of the state’s 661 schools earned the “exemplary” distinction this year based on the School Performance Index, while 459 were labeled as “progressing.”

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