Preparing for Teacher Effectiveness Pilot
Hear an update on the Commission for Teaching & Learning, the Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Pilots, and the new Teachscape tool being made available to all public districts.




Common Core in the Classroom

The Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management recently released “Seeing the Future: How the Common Core Will Affect Mathematics and English Language Arts in Grades 3-12 Across America”. This publication explores the various changes that will take place in classrooms under the Common Core.
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State Board of Education to meet, public hearings scheduled

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet July 17-18 in Pierre. The public hearing portion of the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. (Central) on Thursday.
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South Dakota applying for waivers

South Dakota has been one of several states working with the Council of Chief State School Officers to press for some flexibility related to statewide assessment. The state plans to apply for waivers related to double testing and attaching personnel decisions to student growth.



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South Dakota represented on Smarter Balanced Career Readiness Task Force

Colleen Keffeler, of the Meade School District, has been named to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Career Readiness Task Force. Keffeler was one of 15 individuals selected from the 23 nominations submitted by the states. Only six of those selected hail from K-12, while nine have a higher education background. In addition, one national expert—Kimberly Green of the National Association of State Director of Career Technical Education Consortium—has been invited to serve on the task force.

The task force has been charged with reviewing available models and developing recommendations for describing student performance on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in relation to academic readiness for postsecondary career education and training. The task force will begin its work this summer and will deliver its recommendations to the consortium prior to Thanksgiving. States will then have several opportunities to review and comment on a draft policy prior to a state vote planned for the Spring 2014 Collaboration Conference.

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