A new survey ranks South Dakota below average for educational progress. Education week magazine gives the Mount Rushmore State a D+ grade. The survey looks at student achievement, teacher leadership and teaching performance, among other areas.
Governor Dennis Daugaard said in his state of the state address this week that his goal is to increase student achievement by creating an accountability system.
“Each student is getting 2.3 times more money spent on them but is not driving higher achievement. Our achievement is remaining flat, so we need to change that system,” said the republican governor.
The governor plans to change the system by rewarding the best teachers with bonuses. He also wants to give cash incentives to teachers in math and science, which could total ‘in all’ a bonus of about 25%.