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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
• Teachers may receive graduate credit for completing Teachscape Focus for Teachers. For more information, click here.
All South Dakota 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|
|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 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)|
|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|