South Dakota - Educator Performance Evaluation: Educator Evaluation Authority
Legislature passed law requiring State Board to develop and pass standards, model system. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, South Dakota public school districts will be required to have teacher effectiveness systems in place. The South Dakota Commission on Teaching and Learning (CTL) has developed a model system that meets ESEA flexibility requirements and encourages meaningful evaluation and development of effective teaching. The CTL’s work builds on that of work groups that started this process in the summer of 2012. However, at its Oct. 1 meeting, the South Dakota Board of Education passed rules that would allow districts to use their own system for evaluating teachers, as long as the system aligns with the South Dakota standards for teaching, is research based, and includes a valid measure of student growth. Districts that are interested in taking advantage of this flexibility would need to apply to the Department of Education.