Due to the passage of ESSA, the focus of the project changed to developing a permanent, statewide system of recognition, accountability, and support (SSRAS) for all schools. NCCC work in Year 5 will build on Year 4 work to help SD DOE develop and implement an SSRAS system that meets ESSA requirements with the goal of increasing student achievement and eliminating achievement gaps in South Dakota's lowest performing schools.
In Year 4, NCCC supported SD DOE as they worked to finalize Commission on Teaching and Learning (CTL) recommendations for a revised, comprehensive teacher certification system that addresses initial certification, recertification, and added endorsements. In Year 5, NCCC will support SD DOE in developing an implementation plan for the new teacher certification requirements by facilitating external stakeholder meetings, planning for implications regarding Praxis exam requirements, and/or aligning new certification requirements with existing licenses.
This new Year 5 project will assist South Dakota Department of Education (SD DOE) in implementing the Native American Achievement Schools pilot project. In collaboration with the Director of Indian Education, NCCC will develop processes and tools to monitor implementation at the pilot schools to document successes and challenges to not only provide the necessary support for the pilot schools, but to also assist future Native American Achievement Schools.
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