South Dakota school report cards show inaccurate safety data

Posted at 1:06 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 14:11:31-05

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota education officials say the state’s report cards on schools show inaccuracies in school safety data.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the report cards released last month for the first time include school safety information from a federal Civil Rights Data Collection survey. The findings show that 65 percent of statewide school-related arrests occurred in the Rapid City district during the 2015-2016 school year, the most recent period such data was collected.

A breakdown within Rapid City’s data says over half of students arrested were Asian Americans.

Rapid City district spokeswoman Katy Urban says the district is unsure why the report card doesn’t reflect information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The report card says 79 Asian students were arrested in 2015-2016, but the district’s data shows zero Asian students arrested.