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Educator Effectiveness Legislative Update: Senate Bill 22-070 Overview

Senate Bill 22-070 Overview

Senate Bill 22-070, the Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade Licensed Personnel Performance Evaluations Act, updates and refines educator evaluation in Colorado. Implementation of this statute will occur in the 2023-24 school year. To view this legislative update in PDF form, click here.      

The following is offered as a general overview and includes opportunities for educators to participate in a variety of stakeholder activities during the rulemaking and implementation processes. Specifically, S.B.22-070 directs CDE to develop and provide guidance and support for the following areas:

  • Update the composition of final effectiveness ratings
    • Shift the FER percentages from 50% professional practices and 50% measures of student learning/outcomes to 70% professional practices and 30% MSL/MSO.
  • Refine/update aspects of the MSL/MSO portion of an educator’s final effectiveness rating, including:
    • Collective measure(s) within the MSLs/MSOs cannot exceed 10%.
    • Collective measure(s) within the MSLs for teachers and principals can only use data based on the performance of students enrolled at their school.
    • Any educator who is new to a district/BOCES cannot have data from before they were employed used in the collective measure(s) of their MSL/MSO.
  • Develop and make available an evaluation pathway and process for educators rated Highly Effective for three consecutive school years
  • Develop and make available new rubrics for licensed personnel in a limited number of specialized teacher or principal roles
  • Develop and require training for evaluators of licensed personnel – training to be provided or approved by CDE
  • Adjust the timing for reporting of final effectiveness ratings (FERs)
    • Requires that all FER data is reported to CDE annually by Oct. 15, i.e., FER data will no longer be collected within the HR data collection.
    • For the 2022-23 school year, the new Staff Evaluation Snapshot to collect FER data will open in the spring of 2023 (due Oct. 15th, 2023). Additional details will be forthcoming.

NOTE: There are additional areas addressed within S.B.22-070 that already exist within current statute and State Board Rule, e.g., encouraging districts/BOCES to work with their Advisory Personnel Performance Evaluation Council (1338 Council) and experiment with innovative methods of observation. In coming guidance, the Educator Effectiveness Office will reinforce opportunities and encouragement for local decision making and flexibility.


Opportunities for Stakeholder Input

In the coming months there will be numerous opportunities for stakeholders to provide input and insights in support of the development of content and guidance outlined within S.B.22-070, as well as the State Board of Education rulemaking process. Initial opportunities are identified below, and additional opportunities will be shared as they become available.

Work Groups

Work Groups are specialized small group committees which are dedicated to specific aspects of SB 22-070, such as the development of new rubrics and the Highly Effective educator pathway. Work Groups are taking place virtually between late November and mid-December.

  • State Model Scoring System (70:30 FER Shift)
  • Highly Effective Educator Pathway 
  • New Rubric: Special Education Teacher
  • New Rubric: Teacher Librarian
  • New Rubric: Instructional Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)
  • New Rubric: Dean

Focus Groups

Focus groups will be offered in two rounds during the 2022-23 school year. While every effort will be made to provide opportunities for all educators who are interested to participate, space will be limited for each session to ensure robust conversations and avenues for input. Additional dates/times may be added if needed and updates will be posted on the website.

  • Round 1 – Fall 2022:  Virtual/Online Focus Groups (completed Oct. 2022) 
  • Round 2 – Winter to early Spring 2023:  In-person and Virtual/Online Focus Groups
    • Dates and times will be announced by the end of 2022.

Public Comment in the Rulemaking Process

Under Colorado law, and as directed within S.B.22-070, the State Board of Education has a duty to promulgate and adopt rules related to the new legislation. The rulemaking process includes opportunities for public comment. An overview of Rulemaking by the State Board of Education is available online and dates for the public comment period will be published as soon as available (anticipated early 2023).


Questions?

Contact your Educator Effectiveness Regional Specialist for support and more information, or email educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us.