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Governor:Dennis Daugaard
Secretary of Education:Melody Schopp
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:130,890
Number of school districts:155
Number of public schools:699
Number of public school teachers:9,510
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,470
Percent minority students:22.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:39.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.1%
Percent of English-language learners:3.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:39.8%
8th grade math:33.7%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:34.6%
8th grade reading:34.4%

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