South Dakota’s school safety report plagued with inaccurate data

December 9, 2018

The state of South Dakota’s report cards on schools are out, and the school safety numbers aren’t adding up. The numbers would be alarming — if they were accurate.

The state’s report cards on schools are out, and the school safety numbers aren’t adding up.

Data released last month on the inaugural report cards under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which for the first time report information from a federal Civil Rights Data Collection survey, shows a whopping 65 percent of school-related arrests statewide happened in Rapid City Area Schools. A further breakdown of race categories on the district’s report card says that over half those students arrested in Rapid City schools were Asian Americans.

Both numbers would be alarming — if they were accurate.