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South Dakota school report cards show inaccurate safety data

December 17, 2018

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s recently released report cards on schools are filled with inaccuracies in safety data, according to state education officials.

For the first time, the report cards required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act include information on school safety from a federal Civil Rights Data Collection survey. But the findings show 65 percent of statewide school-related arrests occurred in the Rapid City district during the 2015-16 school year, the most recent period such data was collected.

A breakdown within the Rapid City district’s data shows over half of students arrested were Asian Americans, the Rapid City Journal reported.

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