Mary Stadick Smith, SD Department of Education's Operations and Information Director, speaks about the department's plan for assessment for the 2013-14 school year.

Districts will have flexibility to use alternate teacher evaluation systems

The South Dakota Board of Education has passed rules that would provide school districts flexibility to use their own teacher evaluation systems, as long as those systems align with the South Dakota standards for teaching, are research based, and include a valid measure of student growth.

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SDDOE announces professional development package for administrators

The South Dakota Department of Education has developed a package of professional development opportunities for school administrators for the 2013-14 school year. This package focuses on implementation of Common Core standards and new evaluation systems for teachers and principals.

In addition to trainings, district administrators and teachers will be asked to complete an online survey related to Common Core implementation, Smarter Balanced assessment readiness, and teacher/principal effectiveness.

The results of the survey will be used to create a “Stop Light Report,” which will help districts identify local-level strengths and areas of critical need. Based on those results, SDDOE will sponsor one day of service for coaches/trainers to work with district leadership teams.

Click here for an outline describing the full package, which includes regional trainings, webinars, and online courses. Please take advantage of these opportunities for professional growth.