- Colorado’s Education Improvement Efforts “101” (PDF)
Colorado has a comprehensive education improvement agenda which over the past few years has been encoded into state law. This fact sheet provides an overview, implementation progress and next steps for Colorado's Achievement Plan for Kids (Senate Bill 08-212), the Education Accountability Act (Senate Bill 09-163) and the Great Teachers and Leaders Act (Senate Bill 10-191).
- What is Senate Bill 10-191? (PDF)
This fact sheet provides a high level overview of the bill that was passed in 2010 with the idea that every child in every community deserves excellent classroom teachers and building leaders who are supported in their professional growth. This provides great foundational information on educator effectiveness and Senate Bill 10-191.
- What is the Colorado State Model Evaluation System? (PDF)
Senate Bill 10-191 is improving the way Colorado principals and teachers are evaluated and supported in their professional growth. To support school districts in the implementing the new law, CDE is developing a model evaluation system that districts may choose to use for their teacher and/or principal evaluations. This fact sheet provides an overview on the model system and the Quality Standards that educators will be evaluated on.
- Senate Bill 14-165's Impact on Educator Evaluation Requirements for the 2014-15 School Year (PDF)
In the 2014 legislative session, additional flexibility was passed for districts/BOCES regarding the 50 percent measures of student learning/outcomes portion of the evaluation for the 2014-15 school year only. This fact sheet provides information on this flexibility and evaluation requirements for the 2014-15 school year.
- School and District Accountability during the 2015 Assessment Transition: Overview of HB 14-1182 (PDF)
As Colorado implements new standards and assessments, some adjustments will need to be made to the state’s accountability system. The greatest impact will come in the spring of 2015 with the transition from the reading, writing and mathematics Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) assessments to the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments that include the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in English language arts and mathematics. House Bill 14-1182 was passed in 2014 to address the impact of the 2015 assessment transition on school and district accountability.
- Overview of Evaluation Requirements and Timeline for Specialized Service Professionals (PDF)
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. This fact sheet explains the work that is being done to provide evaluation tools for licensed personnel that don't fall under the teacher or principal category.
- Overview of S.B. 10-191 Requirements for Early Childhood Educators (PDF)
High quality early childhood education plays a crucial role in the foundation for school readiness for Colorado’s young children. A key component of quality programming is the assurance that every child in Colorado has access to great educators who are supported in their professional growth. The new evaluation requirements under Senate Bill 10-191 are intended to provide meaningful evaluations for all education professionals who are licensed by the state. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is incorporating early childhood educators into the scope and intent of S.B. 10-191 to ensure that they, too, benefit from opportunities for meaningful feedback and professional development.
- Overview of the Colorado State Model Performance Management System (PDF)
To support a fair and consistent educator evaluation system, CDE is developing tools to help evaluators provide useful and actionable feedback to educators. CDE is working in partnership with RANDA Solutions, Inc. (RANDA) to create an online performance management system to support districts in the implementation of the Colorado State Model Evaluation System. RANDA will power the Colorado State Model Performance Management System and is entirely optional for districts. Each district has the autonomy to select a vendor or design a performance management system locally that best meets their needs
- Overview of Elevate Colorado, the Online Inter-rater Agreement Training System (PDF)
To support a fair and consistent educator evaluation system, the Colorado Department of Education is developing tools to promote common interpretations of teacher quality and help evaluators provide useful and actionable feedback to educators. One such tool is Elevate Colorado, an online inter-rater agreement training system that is being developed in partnership with My Learning Plan.
- Overview of the Teacher Student Data Link (PDF)
As Colorado school districts work to prepare all students for success in college and careers, access to quality data is more important than ever. An accurate Teacher Student Data Link (TSDL) will support state and district efforts to learn from the past, understand the present and use data to make decisions that improve education systems for students.
Quality Standards Reference Guides
- Teacher Quality Standards Reference Guide (PDF)
This reference guide on the Teacher Quality Standards is helpful for reflection and ongoing conversation on the aspects of great teaching.
- Principal Quality Standards (PDF)
This reference guide on the Principal/Assistant Principal Quality Standards is helpful for reflection and ongoing conversation on the aspects of school leadership.
- Understanding the Non-probationary Implications of S.B. 10-191 (PDF)
With the passage of Senate Bill 10-191 (S.B. 10-191), the expectations for teachers to earn and maintain non-probationary status have been changed. This fact sheet focuses on the earning and retaining of non-probationary status and is meant as a high-level guide. It is important to note that it does not take the place of state law or local district governance and agreements.
- Best Practices: Teacher Self-Assessment in the Colorado State Model Evaluation System Process (PDF)
The decision to allow optional sharing of the self-assessment is a design choice in the Colorado State Model Evaluation System. To read more about teachers sharing their self-assessments with evaluators, read this best practices guide.
- Feedback and Survey Data from the 2012-13 Teacher Colorado State Model Evaluation System Pilot (PDF)
The Colorado State Model Evaluation System for teachers was piloted in 26 districts during the 2012-13 school year and is now an optional evaluation system being used by 160 Colorado districts in 2013-14. Feedback was collected from the initial 26 pilot districts (through surveys, interviews and focus groups) to inform improvements to the evaluation system.
- Feedback and Survey Data from the 2011-12 Principal Colorado State Model Evaluation System Pilot (PDF)
- S.B. 10-191 Implementation Strategies Brief: January 2013 (PDF)
The Educator Effectiveness team is continuing to use pilot experiences and feedback to inform strategies for statewide implementation of Senate Bill 10-191. To begin sharing pilot experiences and strategies, CDE brought together a panel of early implementers in January to discuss their preliminary experiences with the new evaluation requirements and the Colorado State Model Evaluation System. This implementation brief highlights key strategies and insights from the panel discussion