Updated: Aug. 21, 2013
As announced in June 2013, the South Dakota Department of Education plans to apply for two waivers being offered by the U.S. Department of Education. The department is soliciting public comment specifically on the waiver which would give the state an additional year before districts will be required to use their new teacher/principal evaluation systems, based in part on student growth data, to make personnel decisions.
If approved, South Dakota school districts would not be required to use the new teacher and principal evaluation systems, currently being rolled out across the state, to inform personnel decisions until the end of the 2015-16 school year and hiring decisions being made for the 2016-17 school year.
Districts will still be required to implement evaluation systems based on the state’s teaching standards, tied in part to student growth, in the 2014-15 school year. However, the requirement to use the new evaluation system for personnel decisions would be delayed until the end of the 2015-16 school year and hiring decisions being made for the 2016-17 school year.
Public comments regarding the plan to apply for this waiver are being accepted.
Click here to email a public comment.
Written comments may be mailed to South Dakota Department of Education, Attn: Betty Leidholt, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501.
The deadline to send public comment is Sept. 6, 5 p.m. (Central).