- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota education officials have released the state’s 2016 Report Card.

The report shows performance information, including how schools and school districts in the state scored on the Smarter Balanced 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 and career ready.

Scores show that the percentage of South Dakota students in those grades at or above Level 3 “proficient” was 52.6 percent in English language arts, up from 49.5 percent in last year’s report card, and 44.3 percent in math. That’s compared to 41.3 percent last report card.

The report card also shows 34 of 660 schools earned the “exemplary” distinction based on the School Performance Index, while 453 were labeled as “progressing.”

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