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Implementation Guidance

  • Opportunities for Differentiation in the State Model Evaluation System: Guiding Questions and District Examples - In response to feedback from the field, the Educator Effectiveness Unit has created a document to highlight the given flexibilities within the legislation and State Board of Education rules guiding implementation on SB191. 
    • Evaluation Cycle 2.0 -  to support districts and BOCES as they being planning for the next school year, the Educator Effectiveness unit has created this graphic which organizes the steps of the evaluation process in a way that clarifies when key connections should be made between the educator and evaluator.  Most importantly, it outlines ongoing activities during the evaluation process to ensure continuous improvement. 
  • Assessment Review Tool - The Assessment Review Tool is designed to help Colorado educators rate an assessment’s potential for measuring student academic growth aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. The collaborative use of this tool is one way that districts and BOCES can include teachers in a discussion regarding the assessment measures used in their performance evaluations. Proper use of the Assessment Review Tool requires thorough documentation of the rating for each assessment and, in turn, will build confidence and support in using the assessments for evaluation purposes.
  • CDE Resource Bank - The CDE Resource Bank contains assessments and assessment review and development tools to support Colorado educators in the evaluation of student learning. The assessments included in the CDE Resource Bank are examples of high-quality assessments aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, for all grades and content areas. These assessments are intended serve as models for local assessment selection and development that more directly measure student learning as aligned to local curriculum.
  • Colorado Education Initiative's S.B. 10-191 Toolkit - The Colorado Initiative's toolkit supports districts in implementing requirements of the state’s new evaluation system. A one-stop-shop for access to resources developed by the Colorado Education Initiative, the Colorado Department of Education, and numerous partner organizations. The toolkit also includes examples of how districts involved in the Colorado Education Initiative's Integration Initiative are implementing the new evaluation requirements.
  • FAQs - Quickly find answers to your educator effectiveness questions.
  • Fact Sheets - Download fact sheets on commonly requested topics around educator effectiveness.
  • Maximizing the Mid-Year Review - Prior to the beginning of the second semester, the educator being evaluated and the evaluator should review progress to date toward achieving professional goals and measures of student learning/outcomes. 
  • Practical Ideas for Evaluating Educators with the State Model System
  • Resource Guide for Deepening the Understanding of Teacher's Professional Practices 
  • Student Perception Survey 
  • Teacher Perception Survey 
  • Unique Role Guidance - High level guidance for districts regarding how to evaluate individuals serving in a dual or specialized role. This is not a fully comprehensive document but, rather, offers ideas and points of consideration for districts as they identify and implement the tenets of S.B. 10-191. This guidance may be revised as we learn more about what works best for districts.
  • Videos - Short video series on educator effectiveness, the State Model Evaluation System and preparing for implementation of S.B. 10-191.

Assessment Review Tool 

 This tool helps measure the extent to which as assessment does the following:

  • Aligns to the Colorado Academic Standards
  • Includes rigorous scoring criteria
  • Is fair and unbiased
  • Provides opportunities for learning

Assessment Review Tool - Use of the Assessment Review Tool is the first step in ensuring that measurements of student academic growth are fair, valid and reliable. Users will need to use Microsoft Excel or a compatible program to access and use the tool.

Instructions on using the Assessment Review Tool - This document explains how to use the Assessment Review Tool. A PowerPoint version with detailed talking points is also available that can be used for training purposes.

Recorded Webinar on the Assessment Review Tool - Watch this guided walkthrough of the Assessment Review Tool from the National Center for Assessment. This presentation was originally given to help orient the Content Collaboratives to the tool.

Recorded Webinar on Reviewing and Selecting Assessments - This short presentation by the National Center for Assessment provides an orientation to the process of selecting assessments and understanding the terminology used in reviewing and selecting assessments.

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Level Charts - These charts explain the different types of depth of knowledge levels and should be used in conjunction with the Assessment Review Tool when rating an assessment's level of rigor and alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards and subject area.
DOK general chart - explains the four different types of DOK levels
DOK for art
DOK for english and language arts
DOK for math and science

Coding the Colorado Academic Standards - This document explains the reference system used for the Colorado Academic Standards. Educators should use this tool to understand and reference the standards being tested in assessments. 

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 teachers and their evaluators with unique roles and responsibilities expressed concerns that the teacher materials didn't provide adequate guidance. They requested additional guidance regarding evidence/artifacts that may be used by such specialized teachers. In addition, they asked about specific practices to “look-for” to guide their classroom observations and help ensure that all licensed teachers 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 teachers and their evaluators to help them understand the evaluation process within their specific context. 

NOTE: For districts still using the former teacher rubric, the aligned Practical Idea Guides may be requested by emailing

Teacher Perception Survey 
*This resource relates to measuring professional practices for principal evaluations only

Colorado’s teacher perception surveys were developed by the Colorado Education Initiative. These surveys are offered to districts that may voluntarily choose to use them to evaluate and support principals.

Student Perception Survey 
*This resource relates to measuring professional practices for teacher evaluations only

The Colorado Education Initiative developed a student perception survey for three purposes:

  1.  Provide teachers with meaningful feedback about how their practice impacts student learning.
  2.  Use student voice and experience in a meaningful way that directly impacts teaching and learning.
  3. Serve as an optional additional measure of educator effectiveness in accordance with S.B. 191. 

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