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Educator Research and Impact

The Educator Research and Impact team supports the intentional implementation of the department's Strategic Plan related to developing a strong, diverse pipeline of high-quality educators by conducting research, developing and disseminating workforce data metrics, preparing reports and delivering presentations for various Educator Talent strategic initiatives.  They work collaboratively with other teams in the department and externally with districts, BOCES, educator preparation providers, the Colorado Department of Higher Education and partner research organizations to provide transparency to pipeline issues including recruitment, preparation, employment, performance and retention.


Educator Workforce Data, Tools and Research

A key initiative of the Colorado Department of Education's Strategic Plan is to develop a strong pipeline of high-quality educators due to strong evidence showing that teachers have a bigger impact on student performance than any other school-based factor and that the number one reason teachers leave is lack of support by a high-quality principal.  The Educator Talent Division develops, deploys, and supports talent management and human capital development strategies for districts and schools to ensure that every school has effective educators to provide the opportunities and support students need to succeed.  A critical aspect of the Division's work is monitoring and making transparent an array of indicators and how they intersect with and influence each other.  Maintaining a highly-qualified, diverse educator workforce is complex and requires collecting, analyzing and questioning multiples sets of data.  

EPP Dashboard Screenshot
Educator Shortage Survey Screenshot
Colorado Educator Workforce GIS Screenshot
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Educator Preparation Program Report

The realization of a strong pipeline of high-quality and diverse educators is, in part, dependent upon a knowledgeable and skilled educator workforce emerging from Colorado's educator preparation programs.  The Colorado Educator Preparation Programs report (EPP Report) provides information about the effectiveness of programs that train teachers, principals and special services providers in our state.  Detailed information about educator preparation program enrollment and completion as well as employment, employment context, performance and retention of new teachers in Colorado from 2013-2014 to the most recent academic year available, varying by metric, is available in the interactive EPP Report dashboard.  


Educator Shortage Survey

Each year, Colorado school districts must fill open teacher, principal, special services provider, and paraprofessional positions.  Hiring qualified candidates is particularly challenging in certain content areas and roles and/or geographic locations, such as rural and remote rural districts.  Annually, the Division surveys all school districts and BOCES to identify the number of positions filled by specific shortage mechanisms (including hiring long-term substitutes, retired educators, alternative licensure program candidates and emergency authorization holders), the number of positions that went unfulfilled and recruiting strategies used.  An interactive dashboard maps the results of the Educator Shortage Survey for each school district in the state.  Shortage data are provided separately for each teacher, special services provider (SSP), building leadership (principal/assistant principal) and paraprofessional positions.  Data are also presented by teaching subject area, SSP type and rural designation.  

Colorado Educator Workforce Geographic Information Systems Maps

One prong in the Division's effort to address the statewide educator shortage and visually present workforce data from multiple sources is the recently released Colorado Educator Workforce Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Maps.  The GIS maps have been created to simultaneously present several education datasets (including school and district staff employment, shortage areas, turnover, working conditions, grant funding, performance indicators and P-12 student demographics) and economic data (including unemployment rates and median local income).  Visually presenting these datasets by district and school via Colorado "heat maps" provide a strong picture of the complexity of and variation in educator workforce issues.  The year one project report provides details about work completed to date.

NOTE:  The GIS maps are not yet available to the general public and a release date is to be determined.  We'll communicate the release of this tool as soon as it becomes available.

Educator Effectiveness Metrics

Colorado teachers and principals must be evaluated based on statewide Quality Standards defining what it means to be an effective teacher or principal and measures of student learning.  Released annually, the Educator Effectiveness (EE) Metrics reflect performance evaluation ratings for teachers and principals for at least the three most recent years for which CDE has data.  There are four publicly reported metrics for teachers and principals:  Overall Effectiveness Ratings, Quality Standard Ratings, Alignment and Gap Analysis.

The State Board of Education approved revised Teacher Quality Standards and Principal Quality Standards and the department implemented revisions to the State Model Evaluation System scoring processes between 2017 and 2019.  Evaluation ratings on the revised evaluation systems must be reported separately from evaluation ratings on the former systems.  As such, the Educator Effectiveness Metrics for evaluations conduced using the revised frameworks are displayed on EducatorView while the metrics for evaluations conducted using the former frameworks remain on SchoolView Data Center.

Additional Research and Tools


Contact Carolyn Haug, director of Educator Research and Impact, at