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Teacher Effectiveness:
State-Recommended Model

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 resources at the bottom provide an overview of that recommended system.

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Using an alternative system:

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.

For more information, contact Gwen Taylor, Department of Education, at (605) 295-2280.