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Principal Effectiveness:
State-Recommended Model

Building on previous work, South Dakota's Commission on Teaching and Learning has developed principal standards and a model system for evaluating principals. In August 2017, the Board of Education passed revised rules to focus on Professional Practices.


Overview PowerPoints and Guides
Domain 1: Vision and Mission Powerpoint Domain 1 Discussion Guide
Domain 2: Instructional Leadership Powerpoint Domain 2 Discussion Guide
Domain 3: School Operations and Resources PowerPoint Domain 3 Discussion Guide
Domain 4: School, Student, and Staff Safety PowerPoint Domain 4 Discussion Guide
Domain 5-6: School and Community Relationships; Ethical and Cultural Leadership PowerPoint Domain 5 Discussion Guide
Domain 6 Discussion Guide

Using an Alternative System (Crosswalk)

Districts may choose to use their own systems of principal evaluation aligned to the state model. Through a crosswalk process, districts must demonstrate that their system aligns to the South Dakota Framework for Effective Principals.

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.