FOR THE 2004-05 SCHOOL YEAR
candidates must have opportunities to learn about and gain proficiency in the
Provisional contracts will no longer be issued.
An optional diagnostic assistance annual contract year
will replace the former provisional contract year.
remain on an annual contract for up to four years.
teachers who have successfully completed a formal evaluation during a previous
annual contract year must be evaluated either formally or informally, at the
discretion of the school district.
Teachers may not
be issued a continuing contract until they have satisfied all requirements for
the professional certificate.
contract teachers must be evaluated on a continuous basis.
Implementation Guidelines for 2004–05
Provisional contracts have been deleted as an employment
v Districts are not required to reissue annual contracts to teachers who received
v Districts must not issue
provisional contracts after
contract evaluation options have been expanded, as follows:
v Annual—Formal Evaluation
v Annual—Diagnostic Assistance
v Annual—Informal Evaluation (GBE)
v Teachers employed under a first
annual contract must receive a formal evaluation
v Teachers employed under a
provisional contract must receive either
a formal evaluation or diagnostic assistance, at the discretion of the local
v At the beginning of the 2004–05
school year, districts should provide each provisional
contract teacher with written notification specifying the ADEPT process
(i.e., formal evaluation or diagnostic assistance) that will be applied to
v Teachers employed under a second
annual contract who have not
successfully completed a previous formal evaluation at the annual contract
level must receive a formal evaluation.
An annual contract teacher who has successfully completed
a formal evaluation during a previous annual contract year must be evaluated either
formally or informally, at the discretion of the school district.
v Teachers employed under a second
annual contract who have successfully completed a formal evaluation during
the previous annual contract year must receive either a formal evaluation or an informal evaluation (GBE), at
the discretion of the school district.
At the beginning of the 2004–05 school year,
districts should provide written notification to each second annual contract
teacher who has successfully completed a formal evaluation at the annual
contract level specifying the
Teachers are eligible to receive diagnostic assistance during
one—and only one—annual contract year.
v If diagnostic assistance is
provided during a teacher’s (2004–05) provisional contract year, it will be
considered the teacher’s one allowable “annual contract diagnostic assistance
Diagnostic assistance provided to teachers must be in
accordance with State Board of Education regulations.
Interim requirements for diagnostic assistance during the
2004–05 school year will be consistent with relevant sections of the current
v an assigned assistance team that
includes a trained mentor and an administrator or supervisor;
v an individualized assistance plan,
developed by the assistance team in collaboration with the teacher, that
one or more performance goals that address area(s) in which the
teacher needs additional support;
strategies designed to provide support. These strategies may include,
but need not be limited to,
professional development training (e.g., workshops, inservices,
observations of and consultations with other experienced
guided reflections, and/or
timelines for accomplishing the strategies; and
expectations for progress toward meeting the goal(s), the way(s) in
which this progress will be measured, and the timelines for reviewing this
plan with the teacher (at least twice per year);
v regular opportunities for the
assistance team to observe/conduct simulated formative evaluations of,
consult with, and provide ongoing formative written and oral feedback to the
v a final conference on or before
April 15 to provide written and oral summary feedback regarding the teacher’s
progress toward meeting the goal(s); and
v written feedback from the teacher
at the end of the year regarding the effectiveness of the assistance
Some requirements pertaining to annual contract teachers
have been modified.
v Teachers must not be employed
under an annual contract for more than four years.
v An annual contract teacher who
does not successfully complete the formal evaluation process or the
professional growth plan for the second
time may not teach in a SC public school for at least two years and must
complete a state-approved remediation plan in the area(s) of identified
deficiency. Upon completion of these requirements, the teacher is eligible
for employment for one additional year in order to successfully complete all
annual contract year requirements.
v An annual contract teacher must
successfully complete the formal evaluation process, meet the criteria set by
the local board of trustees, and satisfy requirements established by the
State Board of Education for the professional teaching certificate in order
to be eligible to advance to a continuing contract.
Teachers employed under continuing contracts must be
evaluated on a continuous basis.
Teachers on informal, goals-based evaluation (GBE) must
address one or more of their goals every year (i.e., teachers may not address
all goals in a single year, then go for one or more subsequent years without
addressing any goals).