Thursday, July 31, 2014
The South Carolina Department of Education has launched an advisory team of 25 educators to assist the department in implementing South Carolina’s Improved Educator Support and Evaluation System, which was recently approved by the State Board of Education.
“Implementing a system requiring student growth measures as a significant part of principal and teacher evaluations is a huge task and one that requires input from our state’s educators,” said Dr. Mick Zais, State Superintendent of Education. “We want a fair, valid, and reliable evaluation system that supports teachers, provides them with professional development, and helps them excel in the classroom.
“I’m pleased that we have such a stellar group advising us to ensure a smooth implementation process.”
The department established a rubric based on educator evaluation experience and other factors to fairly choose the team members. The final team consists of 25 highly-qualified educators selected from 57 districts and a candidate pool of 175 nominations statewide.
These teaching professionals will dedicate at least two days per month over the next year to assist the department.
The Improved Educator Support and Evaluation system was passed by the State Board of Education on June 11. This team is charged with advising the Instructional Data and Evaluation staff at the Department on the system’s implementation. The team had its first meetings on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23.