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State Model Evaluation System for Teachers

To support districts in their implementation of Senate Bill 10-191, CDE is creating a State Model Evaluation System for teachers. While not mandatory, this system provides an option that focuses on teachers' professional growth and aligns with State Board of Education rules.

The model system has been guided by recommendations of the State Council for Educator Effectivness (SCEE), pilot districts and other Colorado educators.

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Teacher Quality Standards

Teachers will be rated on Quality Standards that measure professional practice and student learning over time. Teachers will be evaluated on six Quality Standards (view two-page Teacher Quality Standard overview):

  • Half of the evaluation will be based on the five Quality Standards that measure professional practice: content knowledge, establish classroom environment, facilitate learning, reflect on practice and demonstrate leadership. The Quality Standards can be measured using the state-developed rubric that identifies the practices necessary to achieve the standards.
  • The sixth Quality Standard, student growth, will account for the other half of the evaluation. The standard will be based on multiple measures of student growth or student learning over time, not a single assessment. Teachers must have a team attribution student growth score and at least one individual attribution student growth score. If a teacher teaches a subject that takes the statewide summative exam, it must be used as one of the multiple measures.

New: User's Guide for 2014-15

The User's Guide for the 2014-15 School Year is now available. If you would like a word verison of the user's guide, please contact Jean Williams.


Teacher Rubric

Download the Teacher Rubric for the 2014-15 School Year

In an effort to continuously improve the Colorado State Model Evaluation System, the CDE Educator Effectiveness team gathered feedback on the teacher rubric from both pilot and non-pilot districts during the 2013-14 school year. The feedback received on the teacher rubric guided improvements to the new version of the rubric such as clarifying and deleting elements. This document provides an overview of the changes made for the 2014-15 teacher rubric.

Excel Version of the Colorado State Model Evaluation Teacher System

The Excel Colorado State Model Evaluation System has been designed to be an easy and intuitive system to help Colorado districts implement the model system. The tool necessitates that the user has access to Microsoft excel 2010 or higher.

Resources Available to ALL users:

  • Demo Excel system: This system is designed for demonstration and decision making purposes. Anyone can use and access this system. This system cannot be used for final evaluation purposes because weighting decisions must be made by the district in order to get accurate final ratings. Districts must download and distribute the appropriate “Final” evaluation system to their evaluators with the appropriate weighting that the district selected. The demo should NOT be used for final evaluation purposes.
  • Self Evaluation Excel Rubric: This rubric is designed so that teachers can perform a self-evaluation and possibly share this self-evaluation with their evaluator. This rubric only contains the 50 percent professional practices and does not contain the 50 percent measures of student learning.
  • Measures of Student Learning Excel Tool: This tool is a stand-alone tool used to help define, weight and score measures of student learning for use in educator evaluations. This tool, by itself, is not designed for final evaluation purposes.
Available to Administration and Evaluators: (Only district administration should download these files and then disseminate them to their evaluators)
  • Final Evaluation System: This final evaluation system is designed for districts to use to provide a final evaluation. It is important that one person download this custom template, save it, protect it, and then disseminate it out to the respective evaluators to make sure that all evaluators are using the same custom district template.

Once a district is ready for their evaluators to begin the evaluation process, they should download the appropriate final evaluation system. Each district should designate at least one person to be in charge of managing this process and ensuring the district determined weights of each of the standards are properly locked down for all evaluators. For more information or to report errors please contact us.

Resources for Gathering Observable Evidence

This tool can be used to gather information during observations (formal, informal and walk-throughs) in conjunction with the rubric for evaluating teachers. This tool, by itself, is not to be considered an evaluation.

Download all the observable practices together. Or download each standard below.

*Note: there are no observable practices in Standard 4. Therefore, there is no Evidence Gathering Tool for Standard 4.


Resource Guide for Deepening the Understanding of Teacher's Professional Practices

To support fair and consistent evaluations, CDE is developing tools to promote common interpretations of teacher quality. One tool is The Resource Guide for Deepening the Understanding of Teacher's Professional Practices. The resource guide is meant to support Colorado school district employees, administrators and teachers in developing an understanding of the Colorado State Model Evaluation System Teacher Rubric. As individuals apply the rubric to their own teaching and to that of others, the resource guide can support observers and coaches in accurately identifying evidence for the professional practices. The research, examples provided and the glossary can be used to support the development of a common language for Colorado school district employees to analyze, reflect and plan instruction. To learn more about the resource guide, watch this short, recorded video.

*Please note that the resource guide reflects upcoming changes to the professional practices in the 2014-15 school year rubric which will be available in June 2014 on the CDE website.

*This is a living document and because it will be updated periodically and eventually be an interactive online format, we want to encourage your feedback and submission of examples and resources for the continued development of this resource. Please contact Dawn Paré at pare_d@cde.state.co.us with your feedback, questions or additional resources.


Measuring the 50% Student Learning

The "Measures of Student Learning Guidance" is intended to give districts and BOCES a starting point for determining the 50 percent measures of student learning portion of teacher and principal evaluations. CDE is using pilot experience and overall feedback to improve this guidance over time. To access, visit the Measures of Student Learning Guidance website.


Determining a Final Educator Effectiveness Rating

S.B. 10-191 requires that 50 percent of an educator’s evaluation be based on professional practices and 50 percent be based on multiple measures of student learning. Educators will earn a professional practice score based on the rubric and a measures of student learning score based on multiple measures. The professional practices score and the measures of student learning scores are combined to determine an overall effectiveness rating of Ineffective, Partially Effective, Effective or Highly Effective.There are several approaches and methods for combining these measures to arrive at a final effectiveness rating for educators. View information on the approach and method used in the model system for teachers. (Since the Aug 1 release of this tool, CDE has been made aware of scale changes that needed to be made to this tool. As a result, all districts are being asked to download the most current version of this guidance.)

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