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Implementing Student Learning-Based Educator Evaluation Systems in Colorado

Source/Author: Public Education & Business Coalition

Colorado’s new educator evaluation system provides remarkable opportunities and complex challenges for school districts. This report reflects the initial considerations facing a metro Denver-area school district as district leaders embarked on the process of designing and piloting a new system. It is our hope that the report will benefit other districts undertaking the process of transitioning into an educator evaluation system that focuses on student learning and educator effectiveness.
This report was funded by the Public Education & Business Coalition and the Adams 12 Five-Star School District, and written by Kelly Hupfeld of the Center for Education Policy Analysis at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver.

The Widget Effect

Source/Author: The New Teacher Project

The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Differences in Teacher Effectiveness (2009) describes how our public education system treats teachers as interchangeable parts, not individual professionals, causing schools to ignore both excellence and ineffectiveness.

Quality Teachers Commission

The Quality Teachers Commission makes recommendations for implementing an educator identifier system that links teachers and principals to their students’ achievement data. The commission also studies Colorado’s “teacher gap” — or why teachers with less experience and fewer qualifications are more likely to teach poor and minority students. 

Summary Report: Exploring the Potential Impact of the Colorado Healthy Human Capital Self-Assessment in Rural Districts


Funding/Budgeting Practices

The promise of educator effectiveness requires attention to the entire human capital system. To identify focus areas please download CDE's Self-Assessment for Building a Healthy Human Capital System in Schools and Districts . CDE's Human Capital Funding Matrix identifies potential sources of state and federal funds that may be used for various activities related to recruiting, training, evaluating, and retaining effective teachers and leaders. The funding matrix is designed as an initial tool to begin conversations about the creative use of available funds. It is intended to help districts match areas of need related to human capital management with available funding sources.

  • Guidance Document: This document provides an overview of how to use the funding matrix. It should be used in conjunction with the funding matrix.
  • Human Capital Funding Matrix: This document lists state and federal funding sources and their allowable uses pertaining to human capital activities. 

Inequity of Teacher Distribution

Not Prepared for Class: High-Poverty Schools Continue to Have Fewer In-Field Teachers
Source/Author: The Education Trust

Nearly a decade after federal law was enacted to ensure that low-income students and students of color had a fair shot at being assigned to strong teachers, students in high-poverty schools are still disproportionately taught by out-of-field and rookie teachers.

Who's Teaching Our Children?
Source/Author: The National Council on Teacher Quality

Has the elementary and secondary teaching force in the United States changed in recent years? And if so, how? To answer these questions, we recently embarked on a research project to explore trends over the past two decades. We were surprised by what we found. The teaching force has, indeed, been changing - and some of the most dramatic trends appear to be little noticed by researchers, policymakers, and the public.

Fighting for Quality and Equality, Too
Source/Author: The Education Trust

This paper outlines ten steps state policymakers and school district leaders can take now that hold the promise to make a difference in teacher quality and equitable access to the best teachers for low-income students and students of color.

Missing the Mark: An Education Trust Analysis of Teacher-Equity Plans
Source/Author: The Education Trust

This analysis of teacher-equity plans prepared by all 50 states and the District of Columbia finds that most states failed to properly analyze data that would determine whether poor and minority children get more than their fair share of unqualified, inexperienced, and out-of-field teachers.

Collaboration: Closing the Effective Teaching Gap
Source/Author: The Center for Teaching Quality

In this policy brief, the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), in partnership with the Teachers Network, offers a powerful perspective on teaching effectiveness and teacher collaboration.

Do Disadvantaged Urban Schools Lose Their Best Teachers?
Source/Author: The Urban Institute

We investigate teacher quality differences by transition status and school characteristics for teachers in a large urban district in Texas using estimates of teacher contributions to student learning as our measure quality.


Educator Compensation Reform

The Center for Educator Compensation Reform (CECR)

Raising national awareness of effective strategies for performance-based compensation and supporting the
Teacher Incentive Fund Grantees

Lessons Learned from the Center for Educator Compensation Reform's First 10 Case Studies: Executive Summary (PDF)


Sample Evaluation Systems

This section provides links to local and national information on educator effectiveness including other evaluation systems. Please note that the examples provided are not currently mapped to, or aligned with the explicit provisions of S.B. 10-191, the recommendations of Colorado’s State Council for Educator Effectiveness, nor State Board Rules. As educator evaluation systems are aligned with the State Board Rules, and Colorado statute, we will identify such systems as “Approved by CDE.”

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