South Dakota

College and Career Ready Definitions
South Dakota has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.
Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Attendance rates
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Other, such as the percentage of students earning a GED certificate
  • Performance on college entry exams such as SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS
  • Career preparedness performance, including earning credentials or certificates, performance on WorkKeys, and grades in career and technical education courses
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
State Report Card 1
South Dakota Board of Regents High School Transition Report2
ACT scores1, 2
NAEP scores1
High school completion rate1
Four-year graduation rate1
Postsecondary enrollment
     o Four year
     o Two year
Postsecondary remediation2
     o English
     o Math
GPA in postsecondary remedial courses2
GPA in postsecondary general education courses2
Students attempting/earning 31 or more credit hours in first year of college2
1. South Dakota Department of Education. (2015). State report card. Retrieved from  
2. South Dakota Board of Regents. (n.d.). 2012 high school transition report. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

South Dakota state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school, a postsecondary institution, or virtually. Public postsecondary institutions in the state are not required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

South Dakota is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).


Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

South Dakota has adopted the National Career Clusters Framework and is implementing all 16 Career Clusters.

South Dakota is implementing programs of study in the 14 Career Clusters where the state has statewide secondary standards, specifically:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics 


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). South Dakota [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In South Dakota, the Personal Learning Plan will serve as students’ guide to their pathway to graduation. Students' plans focus on high school course selection, taking into account the South Dakota Pathways to Graduation criteria and postsecondary requirements. Information on the Pathways to Graduation resources for that program must be incorporated into each student's plan. South Dakota's Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) is mandated by the state. It includes all students in Grades 8–12.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements



High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:

3.0 (Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II)

3.0 (at the level of Algebra I or above)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (including U.S. history [1.0], U.S. government [0.5], geography [0.5], and world history [0.5])


Science Credits:

3.0 (biology, physical science, and chemistry or physics, each with laboratory experience.)

3.0 (each with laboratory experience)

Foreign Language Credits:

See Additional Credits

None specified (N/S)

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

3.0 (selected from among career and technical education, capstone experience or service learning, or world languages [1.0]; personal finance or economics [1.0]; physical education [0.5]; and health or health integration [0.5])


Total Credits:







South Dakota Legislature

South Dakota State University




Early Warning Systems

South Dakota may have a state-specific Early Warning System, but the system is not publicly available.