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Specialized Service Professionals

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.

In their work to help implement S.B. 10-191, the State Council for Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) has identified nine categories of specialized service professionals (referred to as other licensed personnel in law and state board rules) and is outlining high quality professional practices specific to each group. The overall intent is to ensure that specialized service professionals’ evaluations provide meaningful and actionable feedback allowing for continuous improvement of practice.

  • School Audiologists
  • School Psychologists
  • School Nurses
  • School Physical Therapists
  • School Occupational Therapists

  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Speech Language Pathologists
  • School Orientation And Mobility Specialists

To learn more, please download our fact sheet.

Rules Concerning the Evaluation of Specialized Service Professionals

On May 15, 2013 the State Council for Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) presented its recommendations concerning the development and implementation of a performance evaluation system for licensed education professionals other than teachers and administrators. These “specialized service professionals” include personnel who provide support to teachers and students in areas that involve student physical, emotional, and social health and well-being. To view the SCEE's recommendations, see drafts of the rules and access the final rules that were adopted, please visit our policy page.

Timeline for Specialized Service Professionals Implementation

2012-13 School Year

  • Create 9 work groups comprised of experts from the field
  • Work groups provide recommendations for standards and elements (aligned with teacher) and student outcomes to State Council for Educator Effectiveness
  • SCEE presents recommendations to State Board of Education
  • CDE facilitates work group creation of draft professional practice rubrics

2014-15 School Year

  • Statewide implementation of SSP Standards and Elements, including student outcome measures
  • Conduct a validation study for professional practice rubrics
  • Check for maintenance of inter-rater agreement

2013-14 School Year

  • All SSPs evaluated using current system employed in district/BOCES
  • Pilot draft professional practice rubrics for Specialized Service Professionals
  • Collect feedback on professional practice rubrics and student outcome measures
  • Refine rubrics and student outcome measures based on feedback collected
  • Train evaluators on SSP system
  • Determine inter-rater agreement for the system

2015-16 School Year

  • Continued statewide implementation of SSP Standards and Elements, including student outcome measures

Specialized Service Professionals Pilot

Nineteen sites across the state piolted the Colorado Model Evaluation System for Specialized Service Professionals during the 2013-2014 school year. These nineteen sites include Colorado schools, districts and BOCES. School districts include: Adams County 14, Aspen, Bayfield, Brush, Garfield Re-2, Greeley-Evans, Moffat County, Montrose, Morgan County, Thompson, Weld Re-4, Weld Re-8 and Weld Re-3 Special Education Consortium, Widefield and Woodland Park. The following BOCES also participated: Mountain, Northwest, for San Juan and for South Central. Additionally, the Insight School of Colorado was a pilot.

These pilot efforts align and work together to help us learn and make necessary mid-course corrections during the pilot phase of the Colorado Model Evaluation System. Feedback from pilot schools, districts and BOCES are informing improvements to the model system prior to implementation.

Rubrics for the 2014-15 School Year

Provide feedback on any of the nine specialized service professionals rubrics

User's Guide for 2014-15

The User's Guide for the 2014-15 School Year is now available. If you would like a word verison of the user's guide, please contact Jean Williams.

Excel Colorado State Model Evaluation System Rubrics for the 2014-15 School Year

The Excel Colorado Model Evaluation System has been designed to be an easy and intuitive system to help Colorado districts implement the model system.

Excel Self-assessment files: The self-assessment Excel rubric is designed so that for Specialized service professionals can perform a self-evaluation and possibly share this self-evaluation with their evaluator. This rubric only contains the 50 percent professional practices and does not contain the 50 percent student outcomes.

Excel Final Evaluation files: This final evaluation system is designed for districts to use to provide a final evaluation. It is important that one person download this template, save it and then disseminate it out to the respective evaluators to make sure that all evaluators are using the same template. If a district wants to lock down the weights being used before disseminating the rubric out, please contact us. A template will be e-mailed to you along with support on how to lock the weights.

Measures of Student Outcomes

The purpose of the guidance documents is to highlight possible approaches for districts and BOCES to consider when constructing their approach to select measures of student outcomes for use in specialized service professional evaluations.

Determining a Final 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 outcomes. 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 outcomes 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. View information on the approach and method used in the model system for teachers and specialized service professionals. To see the the effect of Senate Bill 14-165 (for the 2014-2015 school year) on the final rating when measures of student outcomes is weighted less than 50 percent, please click here. Note: If you are weighting the measures of student outcomes less than 50 percent and using excel, please use this tool

Training Resources

The Colorado State Model Evaluation System Training Toolkit ensures schools, districts and BOCES have access to the latest information and resources to support staff trainings. Each PowerPoint may be used to customize your presentation and any companion resources necessary to complete the training.


For questions regarding the specialized service professionals pilot, please contact Courtney Cabrera at or 303-866-2332.

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