Mary Stadick Smith, SD Department of Education's Operations and Information Director, speaks about the department's plan for assessment for the 2013-14 school year.



Districts will have flexibility to use alternate teacher evaluation systems

The South Dakota Board of Education has passed rules that would provide school districts flexibility to use their own teacher evaluation systems, as long as those systems align with the South Dakota standards for teaching, are research based, and include a valid measure of student growth.
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Districts will have flexibility to use alternate teacher evaluation systems

The South Dakota Board of Education has passed rules that would provide school districts flexibility to use their own teacher evaluation systems, as long as those systems align with the South Dakota standards for teaching, are research based, and include a valid measure of student growth.

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, districts are required to evaluate teachers using the state minimum requirements for evaluating teachers. This system includes both a professional practice rating – based on the standards for teaching (Charlotte Danielson Framework) – and a measure of student growth.

Districts that are interested in taking advantage of this flexibility would need to apply to the Department of Education by Jan. 31 before the year in which they plan to use the alternate system. Forms are currently being prepared for this purpose.

The rules will go before the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee in November for final approval.

Click here to access the rules brought forward to the Board of Education. (Note: Several amendments were made.) More information to come when the forms are available.

Questions can be directed to Abby Javurek-Humig or Carla Leingang in the department’s Division of Assessment and Accountability. Call (605) 773-3426.