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News Release - Online Survey Launched to Gather Recommendations for New Educator Evaluation System

March 2, 2011

News Release

State Council For Educator Effectiveness Launches Online Survey to Gather Input On Recommendations For New Educator Evaluation System

The State Council for Educator Effectiveness today launched a brief online presentation and survey to gather input about its draft recommendations to develop a new statewide teacher and principal evaluation system.

Visit http://bit.ly/f0VonO through Monday, March 28 to view the presentation and share best hopes, worst fears, advice and resources needed to implement a new educator evaluation system.

The council’s draft recommendations were presented Feb. 9 to the Colorado State Board of Education. In April the council will submit final recommendations for a statewide educator evaluation system to improve teaching, learning and achievement for all Colorado students.

The council is using multiple strategies to gather input on the draft recommendations, including an upcoming conversation with educators on Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Jeffco Public Schools administration building, 1829 Denver West Drive, #27, in Golden. Reporters who would like to attend should contact Mark Stevens, director of communications, Colorado Department of Education, 303-866-3898.

The online survey and conversations under way are part of a longer term process of gathering feedback that will continue as the state board reviews the council’s recommendations.

Background

The work of the 15-member State Council for Educator Effectiveness is guided by Colorado’s landmark teacher and principal evaluation law S.B. 10-191. It requires evaluating educators at least once each school year and basing at least half of teachers’ and principals’ evaluations on their students’ academic growth.

The Council has four main roles:

  • Define teacher and principal effectiveness
  • Establish levels of effectiveness and performance standards
  • Develop guidelines for a fair, rigorous and transparent system to evaluate teachers and principals
  • Recommend state policy changes to prepare, evaluate and support teachers and principals

The council met for the first time on March 11, 2010. Members are appointed by the governor and represent the business community, teachers, higher education, school and district administrators, school board members, charter schools, parents, students and the Colorado Department of Education.

Visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/EducatorEffectiveness for more information about the State Council for Educator Effectiveness and educator effectiveness initiatives at CDE.

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