State Model Evaluation System - Content Collaboratives
In December 2011, Colorado was awarded a four year, $17.9M Race to the Top Phase 3 grant focused on strengthening, expanding and accelerating implementation of key reform efforts. The grant funds enable CDE to develop and facilitate the Colorado Content Collaboratives project which engages Colorado educators in the creation and dissemination of standards-based assessments and instructional materials.
The goal of the first year of the Colorado Content Collaboratives work is to identify an initial bank of student assessments which can be used to measure student learning over time for purposes of educator evaluation (as required by Senate Bill 10-191). The intent is to gather sample measures in each grade for each subject and establish the beginning of an on-going build out of an assessment Resource Bank.
The vision is for the collaboratives to become networks for creating and disseminating innovative teaching practices. Long term goals include:
- Building instructional tools aligned to the standards and responsive to gaps in student learning
- Increasing student achievement through improved instructional and assessment practices
- Establishing authentic and active participation in reform
efforts by educators across Colorado
Implementing more effective use of district professional development budgets and time