Teacher Effectiveness: State-Recommended Model

SLO Training Report
Menu of Options: State-provided Support and Training
Timeline for Personnel Decisions

The handbooks, Professional Practice resources, and SLO resources are at the bottom of this page.


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.


For SY 2014-15, school districts have two options regarding implementation of teacher effectiveness systems:

1) Full implementation of the state-recommended teacher evaluation system

OR Implementation of an alternative system aligned to the state model (crosswalk)

2) Planning/capacity building for full implementation in SY 2015-16

Using SY 2014-15 for planning/capacity building
Districts that chose to use SY 2014-15 as a planning, training and capacity building year were required to submit a Gap Analysis and Planning Guide, which demonstrated how the district would build capacity and train staff during SY 2014-15 in order to be fully implementing by the start of SY 2015-16. The plan specifically addressed the use of both professional practices and student learning objectives.

On June 30, each district will need to submit a final report for Teacher Effectiveness, which will be very similar to the Gap Analysis and Planning Guide. More information will be coming soon.

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.

July 2015 Teachscape Reflect Training

The Teachscape Reflect platform is being updated for the 2015-16 school year to make it more user-friendly. Teachscape trainers will be in South Dakota the week of July 27 to train ESA staff and school administrators. Trainings will be held at four locations across the state:

• Aberdeen July 27
• Brookings, July 28
• Pierre July 30
• Spearfish July 31

The morning portion of each training (9 a.m. to noon) will consist of training ESAs, and the afternoon portion (1 to 4 p.m.) will consist of administrator training with the help of the newly trained ESAs. You can register at SD GoSignMeUp. Contact Matt Gill with questions at (605) 773-8193.

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.

Teachscape Training to Understand the State’s Teaching Standards

All South Dakota public school districts have access to in-depth, high-quality training on the state’s teaching standards (Danielson Framework) and how the standards are used for evaluation purposes. Teachers can access approximately 20 hours of training through Teachscape Focus for Teachers. With a state-paid license, South Dakota teachers access Teachscape Focus through Teachscape Learn and receive comprehensive training on the Framework for Teaching.

Through a state-paid Teachscape Focus for Observers license, all principals can complete training and certification that prepares administrators to conduct accurate, fair and meaningful evaluations of teaching performance. Teachscape Focus for Observers includes a rigorous observer proficiency assessment.

• During the 2014-15 school year, all teachers and principals at public school districts in the state are eligible for state-paid licenses.

• Access to Teachscape must be initiated at the local district level. To gain access, email the Teachscape Implementation support team at sdsetup@teachscape.com.

• Teachers may receive graduate credit for completing Teachscape Focus for Teachers. For more information, click here.

Teachscape Reflect Evaluation Management Software

All South Dakota public school districts have the option to receive state-paid licenses to use Teachscape Reflect. The software supports the evaluation process by defining evaluation roles, encouraging dialogue, housing evaluation rubrics and forms, and providing an electronic platform to gather and store evidence. Teachscape Reflect is configured to match the state recommended Teacher Effectiveness Model and the recommended Evaluation and Professional Growth Process. The state will provide licenses to districts that opt not to use the state recommended model, but adjustments to the Reflect product must paid for by the district.

Access to Teachscape Reflect must be initiated at the local district level. To gain access, email the Teachscape Implementation support team at sdsetup@teachscape.com.


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
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
Professional Practices Resources:
South Dakota Standards for Teaching
Professional Practice Rubrics –download 2013 Framework for teaching Evaluation Instrument
Charlotte Danielson Component Selection Guide
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
SLO Assessment Quality Checklist
SLO Assessment Planning Guide
SLO Process Guide - with Guiding Questions
SLO Process Guide – blank
SLO Quality Checklist
SLO SPED Presentation
SLOs: Frequently Asked Questions
SLO Attainment Calculator (at the bottom of the page)
SLO Repository
Professional Practice Component Selection Guidance
South Dakota’s Teacher Effectiveness Model
Teacher Evaluation and Professional Growth Process
SD Framework for Teaching and Teachscape Focus
Student Learning Objectives