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ADEPT:  Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching

(updated September, 2023)

The Expanded ADEPT Support and Evaluation System for Classroom-Based Teachers is designed to continuously develop educators at all performance levels through an evaluation system that is valid, reliable, and fair and that produces actionable and constructive feedback to support professional growth.  To view the Expanded ADEPT System guidelines, Click Here


To view the district’s 2023-2024 ADEPT Plan:  See Below


As part of the Expanded ADEPT system, South Carolina Teaching Standards (SCTS) 4.0 is South Carolina’s primary formal evaluation model for classroom-based teachers. The SCTS 4.0 rubric is based on sets of performance standards designed and validated by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) and establishes the expectations for what classroom-based teachers are to know and carry out as an integral part of their practice. These expectations, called the SCTS Indicators, are the foundation for good teaching and are designed to grow classroom-based teachers throughout their career continuum, beginning with teacher preparation and continuing through Induction, high-stakes performance evaluations, and ongoing professional growth and development that supports the growth of South Carolina educators. A classroom-based teacher’s proficiency in each of the standards is expected to occur developmentally and to increase continuously throughout the entirety of the teaching career.  The SCTS 4.0 handbook can be viewed in the attachments below.


ADEPT for Special Areas, school librarians, school counselors, and speech-language professionals, was implemented with the 2021-2022 school year.  These educators will be evaluated under the new ADEPT for Special Areas model which uses a 4-level rubric to measure growth, equips administrative evaluators with knowledge of the unique roles and responsibilities, aligns to national standards/organizations, and reduces paperwork.  ADEPT for Special Areas information can be viewed below. 


2023-2024 Evaluation Guidance Chart - See Below


Forms and Resources for the South Carolina Teaching Standards (SCTS) can be viewed by Clicking Here.  Please note that CCSD has its own SLO Scoring Rubric/Business Rules and does not use the state’s rubric that is located on the state’s web page.  Our district’s SLO Template and Scoring Rubric can be viewed in the attachments below.


Induction and Annual Formative Evaluation

New teachers to the profession and from out of state receive assistance during this stage that is designed to promote their successful transition into professional practice and prepare them for summative evaluation during the next phase.  To view the South Carolina’s Induction & Mentoring Implementation Guidelines Click Here


To view CCSD’s Induction & Mentoring Guidelines - See Below

Other Resources:

    • Induction/AF Timeline - See Below (Composite Calendar)
    • Induction/AF Observation of other teachers - See Below
    • Mentor Contact Log - See Below
Summative Evaluation

SCTSs 4.0 is the evaluation tool used for classroom-based teachers undergoing Summative Evaluation.

Summative Evaluation Timeline – See Below (Composite Calendar) 

Resources and forms Click Here


Student Learning Objective/Goal Based Evaluation (SLO/GBE)

The GBE is now incorporated into the SLO for classroom-based teachers.  Special area educators or teachers that teach less than 6 students will complete a Professional Goal(s) in    

    • SLO/GBE Timeline – See Below (Composite Calendar)
    • CCSD SLO Scoring Rubric/Business rules – See Below
    • Simplified SLO Template - See Below


School Librarian

    • SL Timeline - See Below
    • Plan/Professional Goal(s) in  


Speech-Language Professional

    • SLP Timeline - See Below
    • Plan/Professional Goal(s) in


School Counselor

    • SC Timeline - See Below
    • Plan/Professional Goal(s) in


Competence-Building Professional Growth & Development Plans

Competence-building professional growth and development plans are appropriate for use with induction-contract teachers as well as with annual-contract teachers who are receiving diagnostic assistance.  Competence-building professional growth and development plans may also be appropriate for teachers who are undergoing formal evaluation and for teachers who are participating in goals-based evaluation (GBE) when performance weaknesses have been identified.  Competence-building templates for classroom-based teachers, school counselors, speech-language professionals, and school librarians can be found at: Click Here


Certification and Renewal of Certificate

To view your certification status or questions concerning certification, Click Here

For questions concerning the renewal process, Click Here and see the following information below:

    • Certificate Renewal Credit Matrix - See Below 
    • Option Forms - See Below
    • Request for change/action (submit these requests online using the SC Educator Portal Click Here except for request to renew professional certificate). Renewal credits and requests for certificate renewal are handled at the district level and should be sent to the Office of Educator Effectiveness.  


Jason Flatt Act

The state requires educators working in a public middle or high school to satisfy the Jason Flatt Act requirements before the Professional Certificate can be renewed.  However, our district requires all educators to complete the Jason Flatt Act training. 

Please see these forms below:

    • Letter to CCSD educators
    • Log-in instructions
    • Option 6 for Jason Flatt (for educators with professional certificates)


Darkness to Light - Sexual Abuse Training

The district offers this training free of charge in February of each year.  If you are unable to attend the free in-house training offered by the district, you can complete the training online at Click Here

    • Choose:  get trained online, create an account, enter your information, and create a password. 
    • Since our district does not have a unique custom link, you will need to register individually and pay the $10 charge for taking the Stewards of Children - D2L training.  
    • Once the training is complete, you will receive an email from Darkness to Light with a link to print your certificate.  Please send the Office of Educator Effectiveness a copy of your D2L/Stewards of Children certificate of completion for your file.


National Board Certification

SC Department of Education NBCT:  Click Here

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards:  Click Here