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

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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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Department announces schools selected for Teacher Effectiveness Pilot

Twenty-four districts have schools that will be participating in the Teacher Effectiveness Pilot during the 2013-14 school year. Pilot schools will help shape the structure and purpose of South Dakota’s educator evaluation policy.

The South Dakota Teacher Effectiveness Pilot seeks to:
1.) Assess administrative procedures, training, and support systems associated with implementing teacher evaluation systems that include summative teacher effectiveness ratings based upon professional practice (teaching standards) and student growth (quantitative measures of student performance).
2.) Identify best practices, challenges and opportunities associated with implementing teacher evaluation systems, with an emphasis on including student academic growth as one of the significant measures of teacher effectiveness; and
3.) Inform any necessary changes to the model teacher evaluation system, which will be an option for districts to use as state and federal teacher evaluation requirements take effect in the 2014-15 school year.

There are four core principles to the evaluation system: comprehensive staff training, consistent evaluation cycles, multiple measures including student growth, and summative teacher performance ratings.

Click here to see a list of the pilot schools.
There are two levels of participation in the pilot. Twenty schools will participate as official pilot schools, and 55 additional schools will participate as scale-up schools. The biggest difference in the designation is that the scale-up schools will not participate in research efforts with the University of South Dakota, and will not receive school-level coaching. Scale-up schools will be coached at the district level.

The department also recently announced the pilot districts for principal effectiveness. Alcester -Hudson, Bon Homme, Bridgewater-Emery, Chamberlain, Custer, Groton Area, McLaughlin, Rapid City, South Central, Wagner, Wessington Springs, and Willow Lake will all be participating in the pilot.

Most of the districts involved in the principal effectiveness pilot will include all schools. At Alcester-Hudson, only the junior high and high school will participate, and at Bridgewater-Emery, it will be solely the high school. In Rapid City, select schools at each level will participate.

Contact Carla Leingang for more information.