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: 2017 (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 143,949
Number Of South Dakota Schools 720
Number Of South Dakota School Districts 175
Spending Per Student $10,242

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 51.4945382515084
4th Grade 50.6100410758163
5th Grade 53.2472395145617
6th Grade 52.0541293595152
7th Grade 55.8937253246849
8th Grade 55.6582384411614
11th Grade 66.9685130355433

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 55.6463837432071
4th Grade 49.2932098345126
5th Grade 41.4489807575331
6th Grade 44.6950735993108
7th Grade 48.3557228219823
8th Grade 47.8683789058152
11th Grade 43.557055483073

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 73.2% 50.6%
Black 3.0% 16.0%
Hispanic 5.5% 26.5%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 1.7% 5.4%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 16.6% 1.5%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 40.9% 48.4%
English Language Learners 3.2% 9.3%
Students With Disabilities 14.8% 13.3%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 14.75
AVG FOR NATION 16.50

South Dakota Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 869,666 325,719,178
Population Density (per sq. mile) 11 91
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 7.0% 6.2%
5-19 Years Old 20.3% 19.4%
20-44 Years Old 31.7% 33.4%
45-64 Years Old 25.5% 26.1%
65 Or Older 15.4% 14.9%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 339,458 117,430,281
Single Parent Households With Children 9.9% 10.9%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 91.4% 87.3%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 27.8% 30.9%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 7.6% 12.2%
$100,000 - $149,999 12.5% 14.1%
$75,000 - $99,999 14.1% 12.3%
$50,000 - $74,999 19.7% 17.6%
$30,000 - $49,999 20.1% 17.7%
$15,000 - $29,999 15.0% 14.5%
$15,000 or less 11.0% 11.5%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $4,986 $717,720,885 48.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $476 $68,554,941 4.7%
Staff $319 $45,928,442 3.1%
General Administration $293 $42,186,135 2.9%
School Administration $421 $60,654,193 4.1%
Operation $903 $129,939,080 8.8%
Transportation $313 $45,101,434 3.1%
Other $330 $47,537,362 3.2%
Total Support $3,056 $439,872,425 29.8%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,200 $316,698,946 21.5%
Total Expenditures $10,242 $1,474,285,989 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $7,187 $370,071,182,734 52.0%
Support Expenditures
Student $632 $32,552,249,701 4.6%
Staff $522 $26,871,170,551 3.8%
General Administration $218 $11,205,514,316 1.6%
School Administration $643 $33,118,729,386 4.7%
Operation $1,057 $54,423,429,117 7.7%
Transportation $497 $25,596,058,378 3.6%
Other $416 $21,407,079,047 3.0%
Total Support $3,984 $205,172,626,109 28.9%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,638 $135,865,864,952 19.1%
Total Expenditures $13,810 $711,111,010,069 100.0%