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Specialized Service Professionals

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.

In their work to help implement S.B. 10-191, the State Council for Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) has identified nine categories of specialized service professionals (referred to as other licensed personnel in law and state board rules) and is outlining high quality professional practices specific to each group. The overall intent is to ensure that specialized service professionals’ evaluations provide meaningful and actionable feedback allowing for continuous improvement of practice.

  • School audiologists
  • School psychologists
  • School nurses
  • School physical therapists
  • School occupational therapists

  • School counselors
  • School social workers
  • School speech language pathologists
  • School orientation and mobility specialists

To learn more, please download our fact sheet.

Rules Concerning the Evaluation of Specialized Service Professionals

On May 15, 2013 the State Council for Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) presented its recommendations concerning the development and implementation of a performance evaluation system for licensed education professionals other than teachers and administrators. These “specialized service professionals” include personnel who provide support to teachers and students in areas that involve student physical, emotional, and social health and well-being. To view the SCEE's recommendations, see drafts of the rules and access the final rules that were adopted, please visit our policy page.  

Timeline for Specialized Service Professionals Implementation 

2012-13 School Year

  • Create 9 work groups comprised of experts from the field 
  • Work groups provide recommendations for standards and elements  (aligned with teacher) and student outcomes to State Council for Educator Effectiveness 
  • SCEE presents recommendations to State Board of Education 
  • CDE facilitates work group  creation of  draft professional practice rubrics  

2013-14 School Year

  • All SSPs evaluated using current system employed in district/BOCES
  • Pilot draft professional practice rubrics for Specialized Service Professionals 
  • Collect feedback on professional practice rubrics and student outcome measures
  • Refine rubrics and student outcome measures based on feedback collected
  • Train evaluators on SSP system
  • Determine  inter-rater agreement for the system 

2014-15 School Year

  • Statewide implementation of SSP Standards and Elements, including student outcome measures 
  • Conduct a validation study for professional practice  rubrics
  • Check for maintenance of inter-rater agreement 

2015-16 School Year

  •  Continued statewide implementation of SSP Standards and Elements, including student outcome measures 

Specialized Service Professionals Pilot

Nineteen sites across the state are piloting the Colorado Model Evaluation System for Specialized Service Professionals during the 2013-2014 school year.  These nineteen sites include Colorado schools, districts and BOCES and are listed below: 

School Districts

  • Adams County 14
  • Aspen
  • Bayfield
  • Brush
  • Garfield Re-2
  • Greeley-Evans
  • Moffat County
  • Montrose
  • Morgan County
  • Thompson
  • Weld Re-4
  • Weld Re-8 and Weld Re-3 Special Education Consortium
  • Widefield 
  • Woodland Park


  • Mountain 
  • Northwest
  • San Juan 
  • South Central 

Individual Schools

  • Insight School of Colorado

These pilot efforts align and work together to help us learn and make necessary mid-course corrections during the pilot phase of the Colorado Model Evaluation System. Feedback from pilot schools, districts and BOCES are informing improvements to the model system prior to implementation. 


Rubrics for the 2014-15 School Year

The content of these rubrics are final, but there may be some format issues (differences in fonts or circles in front of practices, etc.) that will be cleaned up soon. These rubrics can be used by districts who need them for training and other activities until the "final" version is released on Aug. 1.

 To provide feedback on any of the nine specialized service professionals rubrics, please click here. 

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.

Measures of Student Outcomes

The purpose of the guidance documents is to highlight possible approaches for districts and BOCES to consider when constructing their approach to select measures of student outcomes for use in specialized service professional evaluations.  To access the guidance, please click here.

Training Resources

The Colorado State Model Evaluation System Training Toolkit ensures schools, districts and BOCES have access to the latest information and resources to support staff trainings. Each PowerPoint may be used to customize your presentation and any companion resources necessary to complete the training. To access the training materials, please click here.

For questions regarding the specialized service professionals pilot, please contact Courtney Cabrera at or 303-866-2332. 

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