- Assessment Review Tool - The Assessment Review Tool is designed to help Colorado educators rate an assessment’s potential for measuring student academic growth aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. The collaborative use of this tool is one way that districts and BOCES can include teachers in a discussion regarding the assessment measures used in their performance evaluations. Proper use of the Assessment Review Tool requires thorough documentation of the rating for each assessment and, in turn, will build confidence and support in using the assessments for evaluation purposes.
- CDE Resource Bank - The CDE Resource Bank contains assessments and assessment review and development tools to support Colorado educators in the evaluation of student learning. The assessments included in the CDE Resource Bank are examples of high-quality assessments aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, for all grades and content areas. These assessments are intended serve as models for local assessment selection and development that more directly measure student learning as aligned to local curriculum.
- Colorado Education Initiative's S.B. 10-191 Toolkit - The Colorado Initiative's toolkit supports districts in implementing requirements of the state’s new evaluation system. A one-stop-shop for access to resources developed by the Colorado Education Initiative, the Colorado Department of Education, and numerous partner organizations. The toolkit also includes examples of how districts involved in the Colorado Education Initiative's Integration Initiative are implementing the new evaluation requirements.
- FAQs - Quickly find answers to your educator effectiveness questions.
- Fact Sheets - Download fact sheets on commonly requested topics around educator effectiveness.
- Practical Ideas for Evaluating Educators with the State Model System
- Resource Guide for Deepening the Understanding of Teacher's Professional Practices - The resource guide is meant to support Colorado school district employees, administrators and teachers in developing an understanding of the Colorado State Model Evaluation System Teacher Rubric. As individuals apply the rubric to their own teaching and to that of others, the resource guide can support observers and coaches in accurately identifying evidence for the professional practices. The research, examples provided and the glossary can be used to support the development of a common language for Colorado school district employees to analyze, reflect and plan instruction. To learn more about the resource guide,watch this short, recorded video. *This is a living document and because it will be updated periodically and eventually be an interactive online format, we want to encourage your feedback and submission of examples and resources for the continued development of this resource. Please contact Dawn Paré at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback, questions or additional resources.
- Sample District Work Plan - helps districts determine where they are in the implementation process and next steps they will need to take.
- Student Perception Survey
- Teacher Perception Survey
- Unique Role Guidance - High level guidance for districts regarding how to evaluate individuals serving in a dual or specialized role for the 2013-14 school year. This is not a fully comprehensive document but, rather, offers ideas and points of consideration for districts as they identify and implement the tenets of S.B. 10-191. This guidance may be revised as we learn more about what works best for districts.
- Videos - Short video series on educator effectiveness, the State Model Evaluation System and preparing for implementation of S.B. 10-191.
Assessment Review Tool
- Aligns to the Colorado Academic Standards
- Includes rigorous scoring criteria
- Is fair and unbiased
- Provides opportunities for learning
Assessment Review Tool - Use of the Assessment Review Tool is the first step in ensuring that measurements of student academic growth are fair, valid and reliable. Users will need to use Microsoft Excel or a compatible program to access and use the tool.
Instructions on using the Assessment Review Tool - This document explains how to use the Assessment Review Tool. A PowerPoint version with detailed talking points is also available that can be used for training purposes.
Recorded Webinar on the Assessment Review Tool - Watch this guided walkthrough of the Assessment Review Tool from the National Center for Assessment. This presentation was originally given to help orient the Content Collaboratives to the tool.
Recorded Webinar on Reviewing and Selecting Assessments - This short presentation by the National Center for Assessment provides an orientation to the process of selecting assessments and understanding the terminology used in reviewing and selecting assessments.
Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Level Charts - These charts explain the different types of depth of knowledge levels and should be used in conjunction with the Assessment Review Tool when rating an assessment's level of rigor and alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards and subject area.
DOK general chart - explains the four different types of DOK levels
DOK for art
DOK for english and language arts
DOK for math and science
Coding the Colorado Academic Standards - This document explains the reference system used for the Colorado Academic Standards. Educators should use this tool to understand and reference the standards being tested in assessments.
Throughout the development, pilot testing and validation study of the Colorado State Model Evaluation System, groups of teachers and their evaluators with unique roles and responsibilities expressed concerns that the teacher materials didn't provide adequate guidance. They requested additional guidance regarding evidence/artifacts that may be used by such specialized teachers. In addition, they asked about specific practices to “look-for” to guide their classroom observations and help ensure that all licensed teachers receive fair, valid and reliable evaluations.
In response, CDE initiated the development of a set of guides written by practitioners for practitioners. They are intended to provide informal advice to teachers and their evaluators to help them understand the evaluation process within their specific context.
PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of these documents is to highlight possible approaches for districts and BOCES to consider when constructing their approach to evaluating educators. CDE will be collecting on-going feedback to improve this guidance. To submit your feedback, email Educator_Effectiveness@cde.state.co.us.
- Practical Ideas for Evaluating Special Education Teachers (released March 2015!)
- Practical Ideas for Evaluating Early Childhood Educators
- Practical Ideas for Evaluating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Specialists
- Practical Ideas for Evaluating Teacher Librarians
- Practical Ideas for Evaluating Teachers of The Arts (Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, Music and Visual Arts)
*This resource relates to measuring professional practices for principal evaluations only
Colorado’s teacher perception surveys are being developed by the Colorado Education Initiative and piloted in diverse districts across the state during the 2012-13 school year. If demonstrated to be a valid and reliable means of collecting evidence about principal performance, the Colorado Department of Education plans to offer the surveys to districts that may voluntarily choose to use them to evaluate and support principals.
Colorado is developing and piloting a student perception survey for three purposes:
- Provide teachers with meaningful feedback about how their practice impacts student learning.
- Use student voice and experience in a meaningful way that directly impacts teaching and learning.
- Serve as an optional additional measure of educator effectiveness in accordance with S.B. 191.