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State Council for Educator Effectiveness

SCEE History

The State Council for Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) was comprised of 15 governor-appointed members that met regularly from 2010 - 2013 and as needed in 2014. The Council monitored the Colorado State Model Evaluation System system and identified improvements based on results of the two-year pilot period during the 2011-2012 school year. The model system provided an option for districts to use as they first implemented the requirements of S.B. 10-191. 

The Council was sunset by Governor Hickenlooper in early 2016. Members continued to be engaged on an ad hoc basis during the 2017-18 State Model Evaluation System Pilot with Teacher Rubric Revisions

The work of this council was guided by Colorado’s landmark teacher and principal evaluation law S.B. 10-191 with four main roles:

  • Define teacher and principal effectiveness
  • Establish levels of effectiveness and performance standards
  • Develop guidelines for a fair, rigorous and transparent system to evaluate teachers and principals
  • Recommend state policy changes to prepare, evaluate and support teachers and principals

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The Council worked to balance the diverse needs of Colorado’s 178 school districts with state requirements. Ultimately, districts are required to ensure their educator evaluation system adheres with the state’s requirements.

Educator effectiveness work is complex, bold and constantly evolving. But, the Council’s commitment to supporting educators and ensuring that every student has an effective teacher, principal, and service providers, which is now carried out by the Educator Effectiveness team, is unwavering. 

SCEE Reports, Recommendations, and Resources



In April 2011 the Council recommended to the state board of education a new, comprehensive educator evaluation system that is uniquely Colorado and based on best practices and proven research.

Report Appendices

SCEE Council Members

The 2010-2014 Council was made up of 15 governor-appointed members including community members, teachers, administrators, a student, local school board members and university leaders.

  • Matthew Smith, Vice President, Engineering & IT Systems, United Launch Alliance — Chair
  • Katy Anthes, Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness, Colorado Department of Education — Vice Chair
  • Amie Baca-Oehlert, Vice President, Colorado Education Association
  • Jo Ann Baxter, Former Member, Board of Education, Moffat County School District RE-1
  • Bill Bregar, Former Member, Board of Education, Pueblo County School District 70
  • Dr. Margaret Crespo, Director Secondary Education, Thompson School District
  • Kerrie Dallman, President, Colorado Education Association

  • Tracy Dorland, Chief Academic Officer, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
  • Lorrie Shepard, Dean, School of Education, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Jim Smyth, Teacher, Mesa County Valley School District
  • Sandra Smyser, Superintendent, Poudre School District 
  • Kim Ash, Principal, Littleton Preparatory Charter School
  • Mandi Marcantonio, Student Representative, Colorado State University
  • Kimba Rael, Teacher Representative
  • MiDian Holmes, Parent Representative 

SCEE Meeting Highlights


  • Friday, May 2
  • Friday, Feb. 14 at the Colorado Legacy Foundation, 1660 Lincoln St., Suite 2000, from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Agenda
  • Friday, Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Colorado Education Association: Agenda