To support districts in implementing the new evaluation requirements, CDE is working with a variety of stakeholders to design, develop and pilot the Colorado State Model Evaluation System.
The Colorado State Model Evaluation System was guided by the recommendations by the State Council for Educator Effectiveness (SCEE). The Rules and Regulations promulgated by the State Board of Education allow districts to choose to use the Colorado State Model Evaluation System OR create their own system as long as the system created adheres to state statute and rules.
The development of the Colorado State Model Evaluation System has been guided by five key priorities:
- Data should inform decisions, but human judgment will always be an essential component of evaluations
- The implementation and evaluation of the system must embody continuous improvement.
- The purpose of the system is to provide meaningful and credible feedback that improves performance.
- The development and implementation of the evaluation systems must continue to involve stakeholders in a collaborative process.
- Educator evaluations must take place within a larger system that is aligned and supportive.
Colorado's approach to engaging key stakeholders in the development of a new evaluation system was highlighted in a August 2012 case study by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality.
Important note to all user's of the Colorado State Model Evaluation System (Nov. 7, 2013)
A scale change within the model evaluation system has been made that could affect a small number of final ratings. Thanks to the many districts that are using the model system, and their willingness to partner with CDE, the Educator Effectiveness team has been informed that the scale used to determine an overall professional practices rating for both teachers and principals resulted in some unexpected overall professional practice ratings for a few educators (more detail on the issue and the scales can be found here).
A solution to the concern raised is available and there are several options to fix the scales that should be relatively easy to implement. The Educator Effectiveness team stands ready to help you implement the solutions listed below. It is important to note the scale issue identified only affects the final professional practice rating and only with certain scoring combinations so many of you have not encountered this yet—nor would have (since it affects only a small portion of point combinations). This change does not affect the content or process of using the rubric, the self-assessment, the mid-year conversations, the ongoing evaluation process, or the selection and implementation of measures of student learning. The adjustments made to the scales are intended to make the system more fair and intuitive overall.
The Educator Effectiveness team has made all necessary changes to the documents and files and they are all listed on the website below. You will only need to take action if you are using the Excel files we provided, are calculating final scores by hand, or are using your own vendor to calculate the final ratings. If you are using BloomBoard, we have already solved this issue with them. Information on approaches to update your Excel files are listed below:
- Collect all the Excel files from your staff into one folder (on your computer) and run an Excel “fixer” program on them. CDE has created the “fixer” file and will send it to you with instructions. It only takes a few minutes. Toby King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-866-6964
- Collect all the Excel files from your staff into one folder and call us, we’ll run the “fixer” program for you. Toby King email@example.com or 303-866-6964
- If you have not begun, or only have a few, you can download a “fixed” Excel version and start again. The links to the new files are below.
- Continue to use the files that you have and apply the scales below to determine the final rating.
If you are calculating the final rating “by hand” use the new scales published in the user's guide.
If you are using your own vendor or technology solution (not Excel or BloomBoard) to run the state model system, please call us, we will support your local programmer to understand the changes so that they may be applied across your system. Call Toby King firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-866-6964.
For all questions and concerns, Toby King will provide direct support to solve any issues. He will put you in touch with staff quickly that can run the “fixer,” talk to your vendor, or talk you through any questions you may have. He can be reached at email@example.com or 303-866-6964.
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. A summary of the items that changed are also included below.
· User’s guide:
- Some edits changed the narrative and the rubric itself. These edits don’t affect any training you had using the Aug. 1 user’s guide version.
- New scales/cut points are described and used in scoring.
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. For information on the approach and method used in the model system download the appropriate document:
- Determining a Final Educator Effectiveness Rating for Teachers
- Determining a Final Educator Effectiveness Rating for Principals/Assistant Principals
Sample District Educator Evaluation Work Plan
As you begin to prepare to implement the new educator evaluation requirements in 2013-14, CDE has created an example timeline and process to follow as a support tool. Use this document as an optional guide to begin thinking about your district's process and potential timeline to implement the new evaluation requirements.