Education Reform Advisory Council convenes
Members of the South Dakota Education Reform Advisory Council met for two days in Pierre last month. Click here for a short video summary by Secretary of Education Melody Schopp.

New teacher training model being developed
A new model for teacher training at South Dakota’s public universities would involve a full year of residency in a school setting. The model recently was recommended to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Click here for more information.

2012-13 federal funds intact
The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a letter clarifying the impact of the Budget Control Act’s sequestration of funds for key federal education programs. Click here to learn more.

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Rule change will delay implementation of new standards for teaching

The South Dakota Board of Education has approved an administrative rule change that would delay a requirement that school districts evaluate teachers based on the standards for teaching approved by the board a year ago.

The delay will give districts until the 2014-2015 school year to align their evaluation instruments to the new standards for teaching (i.e., the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching).

“We are asking for this change due to requests from school leaders,” said Secretary of Education Melody Schopp. “This change will clarify for all those involved that teacher evaluation may be based on existing local standards until the 2014-2015 school year, at which point it must be based on the new standards. The extra time can be used to align evaluation instruments and gain familiarity with the new standards.”

During the 2010 legislative session, lawmakers tasked the Department of Education with establishing standards for teaching in South Dakota. A work group consisting of teachers, education leaders and experts from around the state studied the issue and recommended the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching. The Framework for Teaching consists of four domains broken into 22 indicators of good teaching.