Teacher Effectiveness: State-Recommended Model

Teacher Effectiveness Training Module
SPED Teacher Effectiveness Training Module
School Improvement Teacher Effectiveness Training Module
EL Teacher Effectiveness Training Module
SLO Training Module

Overview Implementation Frontline Education
State-Provided PD and Technical Assistance Contact Teacher Effectiveness Resources
Professional Practices Resources SLO Resources Recorded Webinars
Teacher Effectiveness Rules and Statutes Minimum Requirements vs. Model Recommendations SD Framework for Teaching
Teacher Effectiveness Handbook SLO Handbook Teacher-Created SLO Assessments


South Dakota's Commission on Teaching and Learning has developed a model system for teacher evaluation that includes a focus on professional practices and a focus on student growth as measured by student learning objectives, or SLOs. The Professional Practice Rating and Student Growth Rating are combined to form the summative effectiveness rating using a summative rating matrix. The three performance categories are Below Expectations, Meets Expectations, and Exceeds Expectations. The resources at the bottom provide an overview of that recommended system.


2015-16 marks the first year of implementation of the Teacher Effectiveness System. All public school districts must at least meet the minimum requirements, which can be found by clicking here.

Using an alternative system (crosswalk)
Districts may choose to use their own systems of teacher evaluation aligned to the state model. Through a crosswalk process, districts must demonstrate that their system aligns to the state's standards for teaching (Danielson Framework) and includes a measure of student growth. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31 before the school year in which the district intends to implement the alternative system. Download the application and crosswalk.

Frontline Education

Frontline Education gives public school districts access to a complete online observation and evaluation management system, high-quality training over the South Dakota Framework for Teaching, and observation training and assessment for administrators. All South Dakota public school districts have free access to Frontline Education to support the evaluation process. Click here for more information.

State-Provided PD and Technical Assistance

The South Dakota Department of Education will provide professional development and technical assistance to support districts as they work to implement teacher and principal effectiveness systems. Click here for schedule of planned opportunities beginning January 2014.


For more information, contact Matt Gill, Department of Education, at (605) 773-8193.

Teacher Effectiveness Resources:
Teacher Effectiveness Flowchart Teacher Effectiveness Handbook
Minimum Requirements vs. Recommended Model Gap Analysis and Planning Guide
State Laws and Administrative Rules State Requirements Checklist (PDF) - (Word Docx)
District Self-Assessment Tool Summative Evaluation Form
Teacher Effectiveness Pilot Project Teacher Effectiveness Crosswalk
Educator Effectiveness Assurance Form Teachscape Help Guides
Teachscape Graduate Credit Opportunities Teacher Evaluation Rating Spreadsheet
SPED Teacher Effectiveness Presentation Turnaround Principles to Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Comparison
Special Education Resources

Professional Practices Resources:
South Dakota Standards for Teaching Professional Practice Rubrics
-Link found under Back to School 2015-16 Section
SD Framework for Teaching Component Selection Guidance Teacher to Principal Comparison
Professional Practice Self-Assessment Professional Practice Goal-Setting Form
Formal Observation Process Guide Professional Practice Rating Form
Professional Growth Plan Teachscape Evaluation Directions

Student Learning Objective (SLO) Resources:
SLO Handbook Great Teachers & Leaders – SLO Resource Library
SLO Assessment Planning Guide SLO Assessment Quality Checklist
SLO Process Guide - blank SLO Process Guide - with Guiding Questions
SLO FAQ - Updated Fall 2015 SLO Quality Checklist
SLO Repository SLO Attainment Calculator
Teacher-Created SLO Assessments