News Release
Contacts: Robert T. Tad Perry, Executive Director
Tracy Mercer, Information Research Analyst
T: 605.773.3455
F: 605.773.5320


For Immediate Release Friday, October 10, 2003

South Dakota Public University Students Score Higher than National Comparison Group on Proficiency Exam

BROOKINGS- The South Dakota Board of Regents heard today that students at South Dakota's public universities continue to score higher on the proficiency examination than students in a national reference group. The information was part of a report on the results of the 2002-2003 proficiency exam. Instituted by the Regents in Spring 1998, the exam is a requirement for all second-semester sophomores.

"We continue to be pleased with the performance of our students on the proficiency exam. Once again we have exceeded the national average," said Regents President Harvey C. Jewett.

In all four subject areas tested by the exam, South Dakota public university students exceeded the mean for the national comparison group. The four subject areas are: writing, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.

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"The proficiency exam is really an accountability tool for our system," said Regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry. "The results show us that our students are doing quite well, but we are always looking for ways to improve learning."

For more information, contact: Dr. Robert T. Tad Perry, Executive Director or Dr. Lesta Turchen, Senior Administrator, South Dakota Board of Regents, (605) 773-3455.


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