South Dakota

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Governor:Dennis Daugaard
Secretary of Education:Melody Schopp
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:125,883
Number of school districts:157
Number of public schools:710
Number of public school teachers:9,512
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,020
Percent minority students:20.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:37.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.3%
Percent of English-language learners:3.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.4%
8th grade math:38.4%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:32.0%
8th grade reading:35.5%

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