The official newsletter for SD-STARS - October 2020
Coming Soon! Updated SD-STARS MOA
Data loads, data requests, proactive admissions
This article includes some data updates for SD-STARS users. Updates included are
- Data Load: Dual Credit
- Data Request: 7th - 12th Grade addresses
- Data Request: FAFSA
- Proactive Admissions, College Readiness Coursework
Below are some highlights from the department and others on efforts to support districts during the pandemic.
- Starting Well webpage updated regularly
- Re-imagining Remote Education in South Dakota: The ESF-REM Project
- Zoom licenses available to educators free of charge
- FERPA Resources
Changes to dual credit now in effect, SD-STARS report can help
During the 2020 legislative session, SB 142 was passed. This new law went into effect July 1, 2020. It requires that, starting this fall, students in the High School Dual Credit program are no longer eligible to participate if they have received a “W” or “F” grade in a high school dual credit course. Learn more about this change. Read more...
Districts may request new reports or enhancements with simple form
The South Dakota Department of Education encourages districts to send requests for new reports in SD-STARS or submit enhancements of current SD-STARS reports. Read more...
SD-STARS webinars aim to help users: Department provides trainings to analyze SD-STARS reports
October 27, 2020, 1:30-2:30 p.m. CT: Exploring attendance data
November 18, 2020, 1:30-2:30 p.m. CT: Analyzing quantitative student data
SAM webinar to introduce Admin menu
Due to changes coming to SD-STARS in mid-December, the SD-STARS team is providing a new training opportunity for STARS Account Managers (SAMs) in each district. Read more...
January 14, 2021, 10:30 a.m. CT: Live demo and Q&A for SAMs
Ask the Experts
The SD-STARS teams answers the following questions:
- How often must my district synchronize data for attendance data to appear in SD-STARS?
- My password from last year won’t work anymore in SD-STARS. What should I do?
STARS Certified Trainers
South Dakota STARS Connections is a bi-monthly publication for South Dakota administrators and teachers, produced by the South Dakota Department of Education. This publication is intended to communicate news and events regarding the South Dakota Student Teacher Accountability and Reporting System (SD-STARS), our Statewide Longitudinal Data System. To view an online edition of this newsletter, go to doe.sd.gov/publications.aspx.
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