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Principal evaluation incorporates student growth in two ways

This story is the second in a three-part series on the continuing development of South Dakota’s model principal effectiveness system.

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, South Dakota public school districts will be required to have a principal effectiveness system in place. Under the model system, principals receive both a professional practice rating and a student growth rating. The two separate ratings are combined into one summative rating.

Professional practice
The professional practice rating is based on the South Dakota Framework for Effective Principals, developed by several work groups, including the South Dakota Commission on Teaching and Learning. The framework includes six domains and 22 performance components. These domains include those pieces of a principal’s job that surround instructional leadership and school improvement, as well as those duties related to the daily management and operation of a school.

The domains of the framework include:
1. Vision and Goals
2. Instructional Leadership
3. School Operations and Resources
4. School, Student and Staff Safety
5. School and Community Relationship
6. Ethical and Cultural Leadership

Student growth
A principal’s student growth rating is primarily determined by the percentage of teachers under his or her supervision who have success meeting Student Learning Objectives, or SLOs. SLOs are agreed upon by the principal and teacher. A Low Growth rating for a principal indicates that less than 80% of teachers attain Expected Growth. An Expected Growth rating indicates that 80% to 90% of teachers attain Expected Growth, and a High Growth rating indicates that 91% to 100% of teachers attain Expected Growth. This measure accounts for 75 percent of a principal’s student growth rating. The secondary measure of a principal’s impact on student growth requires a principal, in cooperation with the district superintendent, to set school-level growth goals based on available state accountability data (SPI or AMOs). In years when such data is available, this measure accounts for 25 percent of a principal’s student growth rating.

Training related to SLOs will be offered to administrators beginning in spring 2014.

Click here to access the Student Learning Objectives Guidebook.