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Educator Evaluations in the 2021-22 School Year

The primary goal in Educator Effectiveness is to provide meaningful feedback that enables educators to continually grow as professionals. Although there were disruptions and modifications to educator evaluations during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, for the 2021-22 school year all educator effectiveness systems return to full implementation.  To provide clarification, the following FAQs are provided by the Educator Effectiveness Office.

Please contact your Educator Effectiveness Regional Specialist or email educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us with any direct questions and/or requests for support.

 

2021-2022 Educator Effectiveness FAQs

 

Q. Are educator evaluations suspended for the 2021-22 school year? 

A. No. The 2021-22 evaluation cycle for evaluating licensed personnel resumes full implementation of all components of educator effectiveness required by state statute and State Board rules.  An overview of educator effectiveness requirements, guidance, and considerations can be found on the Educator Effectiveness: The 2021-22 Evaluation Cycle webpage.

 

Q. Are educator evaluations required for the 2021-22 school year?

A. Yes. All required components of educator effectiveness (as outlined in state statute and State Board rules) are reinstated for the 2021-22 school year.  Additional information regarding Educator Effectiveness requirements, guidance, and considerations for 2021-22 can be found on the Educator Effectiveness: The 2021-22 Evaluation Cycle webpageEE Regional Specialists are also available for assistance.

 

Q. Is the Colorado Performance Management System (COPMS) in RANDA available for the 2021-22 school year?

A. Yes. The COPMS (RANDA) is available for districts/BOCES using the system to work on and track all aspects (professional practices and MSL/Os) of evaluations for educators during the 2021-22 school year.  NOTE:  The system will be unavailable from 5 pm Friday, July 2 through 11:59 pm Sunday, July 11 for annual system updates.  District and BOCES can enable the new year starting Monday, July 12.  Additional questions regarding the COPMS can be sent via email to copms@cde.state.co.us or educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us

 

Q. Are measures of student learning/outcomes (MSL/Os) included in educator evaluations for the 2021-22 school year?

A. Yes.  The inclusion of MSL/Os in evaluations for all licensed educators returns for the 2021-22 school year.  To support your efforts in re-engaging with MSL/Os, additional information and supports can be found within the Measures of Student Learning/Outcomes for 2021-22 webpage.  Your EE Regional Specialist is also available to provide side-by-side support and resources as needed.

 

Q. How will districts/BOCES create the required MSL/O portion of their educator evaluations with limited or no state assessment data from 2020-21?

A. Limited and/or absent state summative data does not prohibit the creation and requirement for MSL/Os as part of educators' evaluations.  When available, statewide assessment results are to be used within the MSL portion of educator evaluations as noted in State Board rule (C.C.R. 5.01(D)(7)(c)) which removes the mandate for state summative assessment data to be part of an educator's evaluation when that assessment data is not available.

The lack of state summative data and school or district performance frameworks should not prohibit the creation of robust and meaningful MSL/Os.  Consider local and vendor-based assessments when determining MSLs for the 2021-22 school year.  These may include, and are not limited to, NWEA, ACCESS, DIBELS, and classroom-based assessments.  For support in the creation of MSLs for the 2021-22 school year, please contact your EE Regional Specialist.

 

Q. What assessment data is available for use in the MSL/Os for 2021-22?

A. Consider local and vendor-based assessments when determining MSLs for the 2021-22 school year.  These may include, and are not limited to, NWEA, ACCESS, DIBELS, and classroom-based assessments.  Additional suggestions and considerations, along with highlights of the flexibility within the state system for selecting measures to be included in MSL/Os can be found on the Selecting Measures webpage.  For support in the creation of MSL/Os for the 2021-22 school year, please contact your EE Regional Specialist.

 

Q. Are districts/BOCES required to complete Educator Effectiveness (EE) Assurances for the 2021-22 school year?

A. Yes.  The collection process for EE Assurances is now open.  Detailed guidance for the 2021-22 submission process can be found on the Assurances for Educator Evaluation Systems webpage.  Please contact your EE Regional Specialist for additional information/support when completing your 2021-22 EE Assurances.

 

Q. Are there any changes to the Educator Effectiveness Assurances for 2021-22?

A. No.  The EE Assurances process and questions are the same as they were for the 2021-21 school year.  Detailed guidance for the 2021-22 submission process can be found on the Assurances for Educator Evaluation Systems webpage.  Please contact your EE Regional Specialist for additional information/support when completing your 2021-22 EE Assurances.

 

Q.  What resources and supports are available to districts and BOCES for effective implementation of educator evaluations?

A. Your Regional Educator Effectiveness Specialist is available to work with you and provide support as needed. In addition, the following resources are currently available:

 

 

NOTE: This page will be updated periodically, and additional information, guidance, and resources/supports will be added as they become available. Please check back regularly and contact your EE Regional Specialist or email educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us with any direct questions and/or requests for support.