Preparing for Teacher Effectiveness Pilot
Hear an update on the Commission for Teaching & Learning, the Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Pilots, and the new Teachscape tool being made available to all public districts.

Common Core in the Classroom

The Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management recently released “Seeing the Future: How the Common Core Will Affect Mathematics and English Language Arts in Grades 3-12 Across America”. This publication explores the various changes that will take place in classrooms under the Common Core.

State Board of Education to meet, public hearings scheduled

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet July 17-18 in Pierre. The public hearing portion of the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. (Central) on Thursday.

South Dakota applying for waivers

South Dakota has been one of several states working with the Council of Chief State School Officers to press for some flexibility related to statewide assessment. The state plans to apply for waivers related to double testing and attaching personnel decisions to student growth.

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Growth Model Work Group narrows decision to two

South Dakota’s Growth Model Work Group is down to the final two models, and most members say they would be comfortable with either model being adapted for use in South Dakota.

The Residual Gain Model is used by Minnesota, but not a lot of other states, and while it’s simpler and easier to explain, the method is not as sensitive. The Student Growth Percentiles Model is used by Colorado and several other states.

The two models have several similarities, and Shelley Billig, with REL Central, says while the results will likely look similar, the math behind them is different.

Group members expressed concerns about the sensitivity of the results especially when it comes to smaller schools and groups that might be “on the bubble” so to speak. The group opted to run data sets through each system before making a recommendation based on the final two options.

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