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Teacher Effectiveness:
State-Recommended Model

 

Updated: Dec. 16, 2013


Overview
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 to the right provide an overview of that recommended system.

Implementation
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 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. Download the application and crosswalk.

Using SY 2014-15 for planning/capacity building
Districts that choose to use SY 2014-15 as a planning, training and capacity building year will be required to submit a plan demonstrating how the district will build capacity and train staff during SY 2014-15, in order to be fully implementing by the start of SY 2015-16. The plan will specifically need to address the use of both professional practices and student learning objectives. The action plan will be developed during a state-sponsored district coaching session.



State-Provided PD and Technical Assistance
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.



Contact

For more information, contact Carla Leingang, Department of Education, at 605-773-4638.













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