South Dakota
Public School Ratings



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South Dakota Public Schools

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Test data: Reflects 2016 – 2017 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2015
  • Educational Environment: 2016 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   Only NeighborhoodScout gives you nationally comparable school ranks based on test scores, so you can directly compare the quality of schools in any location. Read more

Overview

Public Schools Overview South Dakota School Districts by City
Number Of Students 134,061
Number Of South Dakota Schools 719
Number Of South Dakota School Districts 176
Spending Per Student $10,044

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 49.1734829696334
4th Grade 50.7994315373083
5th Grade 52.5518143918165
6th Grade 50.3211372629114
7th Grade 55.077406382304
8th Grade 50.5255542724219
11th Grade 67.1035690487893

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 55.5419180816641
4th Grade 51.5845294832501
5th Grade 43.1109641360775
6th Grade 43.6659352840393
7th Grade 46.8577806101181
8th Grade 44.2065604085024
11th Grade 42.793395951006

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 78.2% 51.5%
Black 3.0% 16.2%
Hispanic 5.3% 26.2%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 1.8% 5.2%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 11.6% 1.0%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 40.8% 47.6%
English Language Learners 3.4% 9.2%
Students With Disabilities 15.3% 12.9%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 13.93
AVG FOR NATION 16.54

South Dakota Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 865,454 323,127,513
Population Density (per sq. mile) 11 90
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 7.1% 6.2%
5-19 Years Old 20.4% 19.6%
20-44 Years Old 31.7% 33.5%
45-64 Years Old 25.7% 26.2%
65 Or Older 15.2% 14.5%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 333,536 116,495,918
Single Parent Households With Children 10.1% 11.1%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 91.2% 86.9%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 27.5% 30.3%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 6.9% 11.2%
$100,000 - $149,000 11.7% 13.5%
$75,000 - $99,999 13.8% 12.2%
$50,000 - $74,999 19.7% 17.7%
$30,000 - $49,999 20.9% 18.2%
$15,000 - $29,999 15.6% 15.1%
$15,000 or less 11.4% 12.1%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $5,095 $682,998,594 50.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $430 $57,684,296 4.3%
Staff $326 $43,671,969 3.2%
General Administration $289 $38,738,304 2.9%
School Administration $423 $56,723,100 4.2%
Operation $946 $126,765,271 9.4%
Transportation $324 $43,421,298 3.2%
Other $300 $40,238,036 3.0%
Total Support $3,038 $407,266,792 30.2%
Non-instructional Expenditures $1,912 $256,336,979 19.0%
Total Expenditures $10,044 $1,346,573,494 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $6,336 $324,841,513,788 51.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $572 $29,350,053,799 4.7%
Staff $471 $24,151,307,291 3.8%
General Administration $200 $10,266,593,644 1.6%
School Administration $587 $30,091,720,454 4.8%
Operation $1,010 $51,800,394,937 8.2%
Transportation $464 $23,797,624,893 3.8%
Other $368 $18,843,845,750 3.0%
Total Support $3,673 $188,301,671,729 30.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,243 $114,972,145,768 18.3%
Total Expenditures $12,251 $628,114,952,936 100.0%