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State Model Evaluation System for Teachers

To support districts in their implementation of Senate Bill 10-191, CDE is creating a State Model Evaluation System for teachers. While not mandatory, this system provides an option that focuses on teachers' professional growth and aligns with State Board of Education rules.

The model system has been guided by recommendations of the State Council for Educator Effectivness (SCEE), pilot districts and other Colorado educators. 

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Teacher Quality Standards

Teachers will be rated on Quality Standards that measure professional practice and student learning over time. Teachers will be evaluated on six Quality Standards (view two-page Teacher Quality Standard overview):

  • Half of the evaluation will be based on the five Quality Standards that measure professional practice: content knowledge, establish classroom environment, facilitate learning, reflect on practice and demonstrate leadership. The Quality Standards can be measured using the state-developed rubric that identifies the practices necessary to achieve the standards.


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  • The sixth Quality Standard, student growth, will account for the other half of the evaluation. The standard will be based on multiple measures of student growth or student learning over time, not a single assessment. Teachers must have a team attribution student growth score and at least one individual attribution student growth score. If a teacher teaches a subject that takes the statewide summative exam, it must be used as one of the multiple measures. 

User's Guide (including the teacher rubric, updated Nov. 7, 2013)

On Aug. 1, the user’s guide for the Colorado State Model Evaluation System was released along with Excel versions of the teacher and principal rubrics. Since the release, CDE has been made aware of several improvements that needed to be made to both the user’s guide and Excel versions of the rubrics. As a result, all districts are being asked to download the most current version of the user’s guide

Teacher Rubric

Download the Teacher Rubric for the 2014-15 School Year
Please note: The content of this rubric is final, but there may be some format issues (differences in fonts or circles in front of practices, etc.) that will be cleaned up soon. This rubric can be used by districts who need them for training and other activities until the "final" version is released on Aug. 1.


 Provide feedback on the Rubric for Evaluating Colorado's Teachers

Excel Version of the Colorado State Model Evaluation Teacher System 

The Excel Colorado Model Evaluation System has been designed to be an easy and intuitive system to help Colorado districts implement the model system. Currently, CDE is making improvements to these tools for the 2014-15 school year. Updated versions will be posted by Aug. 1, 2014. 

Collecting, reporting and analyzing multiple evaluations 

CDE has designed a simple tool to automate the aggregation of multiple evaluations. This tool will be released with future versions of the electronic system. Please feel free to contact the Educator Effectiveness team for more information about this system.

Resources for Gathering Observable Evidence

This tool can be used to gather information during observations (formal, informal and walk-throughs) in conjunction with the rubric for evaluating teachers.  This tool, by itself, is not to be considered an evaluation.

Download all the observable practices together. Or download each standard below.

*Note: there are no observable practices in Standard 4. Therefore, there is no Evidence Gathering Tool for Standard 4.

Resource Guide for Deepening the Understanding of Teacher's Professional Practices 

To support fair and consistent evaluations, CDE is developing tools to promote common interpretations of teacher quality. One tool is The Resource Guide for Deepening the Understanding of Teacher's Professional Practices. The resource guide is meant to support Colorado school district employees, administrators and teachers in developing an understanding of the Colorado State Model Evaluation System Teacher Rubric. As individuals apply the rubric to their own teaching and to that of others, the resource guide can support observers and coaches in accurately identifying evidence for the professional practices. The research, examples provided and the glossary can be used to support the development of a common language for Colorado school district employees to analyze, reflect and plan instruction. To learn more about the resource guide, watch this short, recorded video.

*Please note that the resource guide reflects upcoming changes to the professional practices in the 2014-15 school year rubric which will be available in June 2014 on the CDE website.

 *This is a living document and because it will be updated periodically and eventually be an interactive online format, we want to encourage your feedback and submission of examples and resources for the continued development of this resource.  Please contact Dawn Paré at with your feedback, questions or additional resources.

Measuring the 50% Student Learning

The "Measures of Student Learning Guidance" is intended to give districts and BOCES a starting point for determining the 50 percent measures of student learning portion of teacher and principal evaluations. CDE is using pilot experience and overall feedback to improve this guidance over time. To access, visit the Measures of Student Learning Guidance website.

Determining a Final Educator Effectiveness Rating

S.B. 10-191 requires that 50 percent of an educator’s evaluation be based on professional practices and 50 percent be based on multiple measures of student learning. Educators will earn a professional practice score based on the rubric and a measures of student learning score based on multiple measures. The professional practices score and the measures of student learning scores are combined to determine an overall effectiveness rating of Ineffective, Partially Effective, Effective or Highly Effective.There are several approaches and methods for combining these measures to arrive at a final effectiveness rating for educators. Click here for information on the approach and method used in the model system for teachers(Since the Aug 1 release of this tool, CDE has been made aware of scale changes that needed to be made to this tool. As a result, all districts are being asked to download the most current version of this guidance)

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