State Model Evaluation System
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 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.
The Colorado State Model Evaluation System is being piloted in 27 school districts of varying size and location in the 2011-13 school years and educator feedback from these pilot districts is informing improvements to the model system prior to statewide implementation in 2013-14.