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State board OKs rules for teacher evaluation flexibility

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State board OKs rules for teacher evaluation flexibility
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

By Bob Mercer

Capitol Correspondent

OACOMA — South Dakota school districts should have flexibility to use state standards or their own systems for evaluating teachers, the state Board of Education decided Tuesday.

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The evaluations must be conducted starting in the 2014-15 school year. The state standards use the 2013 version of the Charlotte Danielson framework.

School districts seeking to use their own systems will need approval from the state secretary of education and will need to show research supporting their systems.

Their systems must align with the Danielson framework.

“I think it is important to allow districts to have that flexibility,” said state board president Don Kirkegaard. He is superintendent of the Meade School District.

South Dakota will seek permission from the U.S. Department of Education for a one-year delay in using evaluation results in personnel decisions at individual schools, according to Abby Javurek-Humig, director of assessment and accountability for the state Department of Education.

The board also adopted rule changes for cooperation agreements and extraordinary costs.

No one spoke against any of the proposals, although the board adopted several amendments responding to comments that were previously received from school administrators.

The three sets of changes now proceed to the Legislature’s rules review committee for final approval. The committee meets Nov. 12.

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