Principal Effectiveness:
State-Recommended Model


Building on previous work, South Dakota's Commission on Teaching and Learning has developed principal standards and a model system for evaluating principals. In August 2017, the Board of Education passed revised rules to focus on Professional Practices.

Requirements Crosswalk
Additional Resources Contact Information


Principal Effectiveness Rules and Statutes
(revised Aug 2017)
Requirements Checklist
SD Framework for Effective Principal

Overview PowerPoints and Guides
Domain 1: Vision and Mission Powerpoint Domain 1 Discussion Guide
Domain 2: Instructional Leadership Powerpoint Domain 2 Discussion Guide
Domain 3: School Operations and Resources PowerPoint Domain 3 Discussion Guide
Domain 4: School, Student, and Staff Safety PowerPoint Domain 4 Discussion Guide
Domain 5-6: School and Community Relationships; Ethical and Cultural Leadership PowerPoint Domain 5 Discussion Guide
Domain 6 Discussion Guide

Using an Alternative System (Crosswalk)

Districts may choose to use their own systems of principal evaluation aligned to the state model. Through a crosswalk process, districts must demonstrate that their system aligns to the South Dakota Framework for Effective Principals.

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.

Additional Resource

Principal Effectiveness Resources:
Professional Practice Rubrics Principal Evaluation Rating Spreadsheet
Recommended Model Minimum Requirements vs. Model Recommendations
Recommended Model Checklist Frontline Website
Recommended Model Training Module Principal to Teacher Comparison
Updated Principal Effectiveness Handbook (coming soon) Updated Principal Effectiveness FAQs (coming soon)
SLO Handbook SLOs: Frequently Asked Questions
Principal Effectiveness to Turn Around Principles Comparison Turnaround Principles to Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Comparison
Goal Setting Roadmaps Effective Feedback Resources
Recommended Process Overview/Growth Goal PowerPoint The Summative Evaluation: Putting It All Together PowerPoint

Optional Evaluation Forms:
Self-Assessment Goal-Setting Form Formative Review Process Guide
Post Formative Review Form Professional Practice Rating Form Summative Conference Form
Summative Evaluation Form Professional Growth Plan


For more information, contact Matt Gill, Department of Education, at (605) 773-8193.

Principal Effectiveness Pilot Project