Guide to CDE Communications Resources
The Colorado Department of Education is creating extensive communications resources to support districts in successful implementation of improved educator evaluations, revised Colorado Academic Standards and aligned assessments. This guide (click here to download) is provided to help you quickly identify available resources for specific communications needs and audiences. Please check back often as items are continually added.
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These short documents provide a high level
understanding on many hot topics around Colorado’s education system. You
may download the PDFs, save them to your computer or print them off and
share with colleagues.
Overview of Colorado’s Accountability System
The Education Accountability Act of 2009 (Senate Bill 09-163) holds the state, districts, and individual public schools accountable for performance on the same set of indicators and related measures. This fact sheet provides an overview on the district and school performance frameworks, and the Unified Improvement Planning process.
Overview of the 2013-14 ESEA Consolidated Application
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) funds are intended to assist districts achieve accelerated growth in those students most at-risk of not meeting academic standards. The improved consolidated application provides local education associations (LEAs) with an enhanced tool designed to identify and coordinate grant strategies leading to a greater impact on student achievement.
- Assessment Overview
Meaningful, timely and precise measures of student learning – assessments - provide critical data and feedback to determine whether educational goals are being met. Colorado assessments are changing in order to accurately assess student mastery relative to the Colorado Academic Standards. Learn more in this fact sheet.
Overview of the Content Collaboratives
The Colorado Content Collaboratives are a group of P-12 educators from around the state coming together to identify and create high-quality assessments, which are aligned to the new Colorado Academic Standards and may be used in the context of educator evaluations. This fact sheet provides an overview on their work and timeline.
- Assessment Update Jan. 2013 (PDF)
Assessment Technology Readiness - Frequently Asked Questions
Science and social studies assessments are scheduled to be administered via computer starting in 2014. The mathematics and English language arts assessments developed by PARCC, the multi-state assessment consortium of which Colorado is a governing member, are scheduled to be administered via computer in 2015. Download this fact sheet to read more about the technology requirements and transition to this online testing environment.
- What is Senate Bill 10-191?
This fact sheet provides a high level overview of the bill that was passed in 2010 with the idea that every child in every community deserves excellent classroom teachers and building leaders who are supported in their professional growth. This provides great foundational information on educator effectiveness and Senate Bill 10-191.
- What is the Colorado State Model Evaluation System?
Senate Bill 10-191 is improving the way Colorado principals and teachers are evaluated and supported in their professional growth. To support school districts in the implementing the new law, CDE is developing a model evaluation system that districts may choose to use for their teacher and/or principal evaluations. This fact sheet provides an overview on the model system and the Quality Standards that educators will be evaluated on.
Training Requirements for Educator Evaluations (PDF)
Any person who conducts an evaluation of school licensed personnel must hold an administrator's license or go through a state approved training program. This fact sheet outlines the available evaluator training programs.
- Overview of Evaluation Requirements and Timeline for Specialized
Service Professionals (PDF)
To ensure every child in Colorado has access to great educators who are supported in their professional growth; new evaluation requirements under Senate Bill 10-191 are intended to provide meaningful, annual evaluations for all licensed personnel including principals, teachers and other education professionals who are licensed by the state. This fact sheet explains the work that is being done to provide evaluation tools for licensed personnel that don't fall under the teacher or principal category.
- Feedback and Survey Data from the 2011-12 Principal Colorado State Model Evaluation System Pilot (PDF)
S.B. 10-191 Implementation Strategies Brief: January 2013
The Educator Effectiveness team is continuing to use pilot experiences and feedback to inform strategies for statewide implementation of Senate Bill 10-191. To begin sharing pilot experiences and strategies, CDE brought together a panel of early implementers in January to discuss their preliminary experiences with the new evaluation requirements and the Colorado State Model Evaluation System. This implementation brief highlights key strategies and insights from the panel discussion
- Overview of
S.B. 10-191 Requirements for Early Childhood Educators (PDF)
High quality early childhood education plays a crucial role in the foundation for school readiness for Colorado’s young children. A key component of quality programming is the assurance that every child in Colorado has access to great educators who are supported in their professional growth. The new evaluation requirements under Senate Bill 10-191 are intended to provide meaningful evaluations for all education professionals who are licensed by the state. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is incorporating early childhood educators into the scope and intent of S.B. 10-191 to ensure that they, too, benefit from opportunities for meaningful feedback and professional development.
- S.B. 10-191 FAQ: April 2013 (PDF)
Access a basic, high-level frequently asked questions handout. This is a great tool when introducing your audience to S.B. 10-191. To access a more detailed frequently asked questions, visit the Educator Effectiveness FAQ page.
To support a fair and consistent educator evaluation system, the Colorado Department of Education is developing tools to promote common interpretations of teacher quality and help evaluators provide useful and actionable feedback to educators. One such tool is an online inter-rater agreement training system that is being developed in partnership with My Learning Plan.
Colorado’s Education Improvement Efforts “101”
Colorado has a comprehensive education improvement agenda which over the past few years has been encoded into state law. This fact sheet provides an overview, implementation progress and next steps for Colorado's Achievement Plan for Kids (Senate Bill 08-212), the Education Accountability Act (Senate Bill 09-163) and the Great Teachers and Leaders Act (Senate Bill 10-191).
- Remedial Rate Changes Communications Toolkit (see tools
The Colorado Department of Higher Education's Remedial Rates annual report includes new calculations for school rates. The Department of Higher Education has put together a set of resources to explain the new calculations and assist districts in communications around the release of this report.
- 2012 Remedial Report (PDF)
- Understanding Remedial Rate Changes (PDF) - These key messages provide a framework you can use in your communication to ensure your points are accurate and deliver the right message.
- PowerPoint Presentation (PPT)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) - These FAQs help answer questions like, "Can students take other college classes while in remedial classes?" along with other questions and answers that may be of interest.
- Questions and Answers from the April 2 Colorado School Public Relations Association (COSPRA) Meeting
- Remediation Drop-in Article (Word) - This letter was prepared as a tool for school leaders to use to communicate with parents and families in their communities. School leaders are welcome to use the content of the letter in full or in part and may edit the letter as needed.
- Video - This six minute video, posted on YouTube, explains the remedial rate change to a general audience.
2013 Award Opportunities (PDF)
Download this fact sheet to learn about the award opportunities available for districts, schools, teachers and students during 2013. The nomination and/or selection process for each award are included along with important dates and links with more information.
For general assistance: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us