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Special Services Providers

To ensure every child in Colorado has access to great educators who are supported in their professional growth 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) identified nine categories of special services providers (referred to as other licensed personnel in law) and outlined quality standards and elements applicable to all special services provider groups. The overall intent is to ensure that special services providers’ (SSPs) evaluations provide meaningful and actionable feedback allowing for continuous improvement of practice.

  • School Audiologists
  • School Counselor 
  • School Nurse
  • School Occupational Therapists 
  • School Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • School Physical Therapists 
  • School Psychologist 
  • School Social Worker
  • School Speech Language Pathologist 
  • To learn more abut special services providers evaluations, please download our fact sheet.

    Rules Concerning the Evaluation of Special Services Providers

    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 “special services providers” 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.

    Historical Timeline for Special Services Providers Implementation

    2012-13 School Year

    • Created 9 work groups comprised of experts from the field
    • Work groups provided recommendations for quality standards and elements (aligned with teacher) and measures of student outcomes to State Council for Educator Effectiveness
    • SCEE presented recommendations to State Board of Education
    • CDE facilitated work group creation of draft professional practice rubrics

    2013-14 School Year

    • All SSPs evaluated using local system employed in district/BOCES
    • Piloted draft professional practice rubrics for Special Services Providers
    • Collected feedback on professional practice rubrics and measures of student outcomes 
    • Refined rubrics and measures of student outcomes based on feedback collected
    • Trained evaluators on SSP system

    2014-15 School Year

    • Statewide implementation of SSP Standards and Elements, including measures of student outcomes 
    • Conducted validation activities for professional practice rubrics

    2015 to present

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

    Rubrics for the Current School Year

    User's Guide for the Colorado State Model Educator Evaluation System 

    The User's Guide is available here. If you would like a Word version of the user's guide, please email​.

    Practical Guides for Evaluating Educators with the State Model System

    Throughout the development, pilot testing and validation study of the Colorado State Model Evaluation System, groups of educators and their evaluators with unique roles and responsibilities expressed concerns that the materials didn't provide adequate guidance. They requested additional guidance regarding evidence/artifacts that may be used by such specialized providers. In addition, they asked about specific practices to “look-for” to guide their observations and help ensure that all licensed personnel 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 educators and their evaluators to help them understand the evaluation process within their specific context. 

    Measures of Student Outcomes

    Guidance documents are available to highlight possible approaches for districts and BOCES to consider when selecting their measures of student outcomes for use in special services provider evaluation systems. 

    Determining a Final Rating

    S.B. 10-191 requires that 50 percent of a special services provider's evaluation be based on professional practices and 50 percent be based on multiple measures of student outcomes. SSPs will earn a professional practice rating based on the rubric and a measures of student outcomes rating based on multiple measures. The professional practices and the measures of student outcomes ratings 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 special services providers. Additional guidance documents are available which provide information on the approach and method used for determining a final effectiveness rating in the State Model Evaluation System for SSPs. 

    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. All materials found on the website are completely customizable in order to reflect district/BOCES values and needs. 

    For questions regarding the evaluation of SSPs, please email​.

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