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Findings by State - South Dakota

Overview

Scope of Review in South Dakota
  602 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  9 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-9 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-9 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  5 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 74% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-5 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-5 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
56% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in South Dakota:

  • Highly rated programs -- Programs at Dakota State University (undergraduate secondary), Northern State University (undergraduate secondary) and University of South Dakota (undergraduate secondary) are on the Teacher Prep Review's Honor Roll, earning at least three out of four possible stars. Across the country, NCTQ identified 21 elementary programs (4 percent of those rated) and 84 secondary programs (14 percent) for the Honor Roll.

  • Selectivity in admissions -- The Review found that only 11 percent of elementary and secondary programs in South Dakota restrict admissions to the top half of the college-going population, compared to 28 percent nationwide. Countries where students consistently outperform the U.S. typically set an even higher bar, with teacher prep programs recruiting candidates from the top third of the college-going population.

Some worry that increasing admissions requirements will have a negative effect on the diversity of teacher candidates. By increasing the rigor and therefore the prestige of teacher preparation the profession will attract more talent, including talented minorities. This is not an impossible dream: 83 programs across the country earn a Strong Design designation on this standard because they are both selective and diverse, although no such programs were found in South Dakota.

  • Early reading instruction -- None of the evaluated elementary programs in South Dakota are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, an even lower percentage than the small minority of programs (29 percent) providing such training nationally.

  • Elementary math -- A mere 19 percent of evaluated elementary programs nationwide provide strong preparation to teach elementary mathematics, training that mirrors the practices of higher performing nations such as Singapore and South Korea. 17 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in South Dakota provide such training.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in South Dakota, only 20 percent entirely fail to ensure a high quality student teaching experience, in which candidates are assigned only to highly skilled teachers and receive frequent concrete feedback, compared to a national failure rate of 71 percent.

  • Classroom management -- 13 percent of the evaluated South Dakota elementary and secondary programs earn a perfect four stars for providing feedback to teacher candidates on concrete classroom management strategies to improve classroom behavior, compared to 23 percent of evaluated programs nationwide.

  • Content preparation -- 11 percent of South Dakota's elementary programs earn three or four stars for providing teacher candidates adequate content preparation, the same as the percentage of elementary programs found nationwide. The results are notably better at the high school level, with 78 percent of South Dakota secondary programs earning four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide.

  • Outcome data -- None of South Dakota's evaluated programs earn four stars for collecting data on their graduates, compared to 26 percent of evaluated programs in the national sample. In the absence of state efforts to connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs), programs that fare poorly on this standard have not taken the initiative to collect any such data on their own.

South Dakota Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

South Dakota Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution


Programs that earned 3-star rating or more
Dakota State University - Undergraduate Secondary
Northern State University - Undergraduate Secondary
University of South Dakota - Undergraduate Secondary
Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

No 0-star rated programs

South Dakota's Teacher Prep Review was made possible by the following foundations and organizations

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Gleason Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Searle Freedom Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Teaching Commission
Anonymous (2)

Institution List

Institutions with Teacher Training Rated
Augustana College Annual new teacher production (2010):  60
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Black Hills State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  115
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Dakota State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  44
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education Some standard scores available
Mount Marty College Annual new teacher production (2010):  28
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Northern State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  67
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Oglala Lakota College Annual new teacher production (2010):  15
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
South Dakota State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  106
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Sioux Falls Annual new teacher production (2010):  55
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of South Dakota Annual new teacher production (2010):  112
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary


Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

Dakota Wesleyan University
Presentation College
Sinte Gleska University

State Context

Good preparation does not guarantee that teachers will ultimately be effective, but there is much that states can do to ensure that new teachers are classroom ready. The tables below are drawn from NCTQ's 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Full State Report here and offer a summary of South Dakota's teacher preparation policies, identifying strong policies and those in need of improvement.

Each state has a set of laws, rules and regulations that govern how teachers are prepared for the classroom. These policies establish guidelines for admission to teacher preparation programs, set standards for what teachers should know and be able to do in order to be licensed, and can be used to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of teachers they produce.

Although states regulate most aspects of how teachers are prepared, where in each state this authority lies is not standard across the country. And in some states, authority for different components of teacher preparation rests with different entities.