Teacher Standards and Evaluation Work Group

Updated: March 25, 2011

South Dakota has adopted Charlotte Danielson’s “Framework for Teaching” as the state's standards for teaching. The framework outlines standards in four domains:

1) Planning and Preparation
2) Classroom Environment
3) Professional Responsibilities
4) Instruction

Click here to view the complete framework.


Per Senate Bill 24, passed during the 2010 legislative session, the South Dakota Board of Education was charged with developing standards for teaching in South Dakota. A work group appointed by the Secretary of Education began meeting during the summer of 2010. The bill requires that standards be in place by July 1, 2011. The standards are expected to provide a clear, consistent and high quality set of measurements that can be used statewide.

On March 21, 2011, the South Dakota Board of Education voted to adopt Danielson's "Framework for Teaching" as the state's standards.

The next task for the work group will be to create a model evaluation tool.


The work group includes representation from key stakeholder groups:
- Lisa Handcock, Agar/Blunt/Onida
- Tom Mead, Spearfish
- Kira Christensen, Sioux Falls
- Darlene Dulitz, Webster
- Alayna Siemonsma, Rapid City
- Amelia Rose, Rapid City
- Sue Podoll, Rapid City
- Lynn Lagner, Watertown

- Kevin Lein, Harrisburg
- Susan Patrick, Watertown
- Anne Williams, Sioux Falls
- Mike Taplett, Huron

- Margo Heinert, Todd County
- Dave Pappone, Brandon

- Duane Alm, Aberdeen
- Bev Banks, Belle Fourche

- Jill Kruger, Pierre
- Jill Dean, Pierre
- Stacy Kolbeck, Pierre
- Melissa Whipple, Todd County
- Mary Stadick Smith, Pierre

- Wayne Lueders,
   Associated School Boards of South Dakota
- Sandy Arsenault,
   South Dakota Education Association
- John Pedersen,
   School Administrators of South Dakota

- Dr. Rick Melmer

Standards reviewed:


For more information, contact Dr. Melody Schopp, Department of Education, Secretary’s Office, at (605) 773-3134.

Agenda Minutes Documents
Aug. 3, 2010   Standards Document
Powerpoint Presentation
July 13, 2010   Standards Document
June 9, 2010 Minutes Powerpoint Presentation
Standards Document

Useful Links:

Framework for Teaching: Components of Professional Practice
Senate Bill 24