South Dakota

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Updated April 2, 1998

South Dakota - At one time South Dakota was piloting a formal, state-wide new teacher induction program that provided both support and evaluation of first year teachers. The evaluation component was for purposes of granting teacher certification. A lack of funding for all South Dakota state programs, however, led to funding cuts. In 1989 the law that provided the requirements for the State's new teacher system and the appropriation for the pilots was eventually repealed and the funding for the pilot programs was halted.

Checks for a state beginning teacher program in South Dakota in both 1991 and in 1998 confirm that there is no state-mandated or supported induction program.

A state contact person is Lynda Sederstrom, at 605-773-3553

If you are aware of incorrect statements in this material OR if you can add authoritative new information concerning mentoring and induction in the various United States, please contact Barry Sweeny with that information. His e-mail is

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