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Measures of Student Learning Guidance

The purpose of the guidance documents is to highlight possible approaches for districts and BOCES to consider when constructing their approach to select measures of student learning for use in educator evaluations.  CDE will be collecting on-going feedback to improve these documents. Guidance will be revised annually with refined versions released each summer in order to reflect increased understanding and emerging best practices. There are three versions of guidance available for download - a teacher version, a principal version and a version for special services providers.

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Using Available State Assessment Data in Educator Evaluations – Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ explores many nuances of using state assessment data in educator evaluation systems that are universal to districts across Colorado.

Measures of Student Learning: Local Examples and Analysis from the Field:
The purpose of this document is to highlight examples of specific measures used by districts/BOCES for the Measures of Student Learning (MSL) portion of educator evaluations. These examples were gathered from participants and utilized in a gallery walk activity for the January 2016 EE Leaders’ Retreat. The Educator Effectiveness Unit has compiled these examples, and the corresponding analysis, in response to feedback from the field that example measures of student learning would be beneficial as districts/BOCES continue to revisit and modify their MSL systems.

Colorado Education Initiative's Measures of Student Learning Report

The Colorado Education Initiative invited school districts to share information on their measures of student learning systems for inclusion in a statewide study of trends. Fifty-three Colorado districts, ranging from small rural to large urban, participated in the study. To review guiding questions for measures of student learning development, please click here. A full report on trends and patterns in measures of student learning systems across the state is also available here.

Measures of Student Learning Tool

This Microsoft Excel tool is used throughout this guide and is one sample approach designed to help Colorado educators input the measures that will be used in their evaluations, see the impact of the weighting decisions for each measure, input the desired learning targets that are expected as a result of their instruction, and synthesize the evidence from multiple measures into one score that will be used in educator evaluation. It includes the requirements included in S.B.  10-191, the rationale for decisions made, and creates sample graphics for various groups of teachers.

Guidance for using School and District Performance Frameworks in Educator Evaluation

In response to many questions about the use of School and District Performance Frameworks in educator evaluation, CDE has put together guidance to support districts by identifying several possible approaches for using SPF/DPF data in evaluations. This guidance is intended to highlight some of the benefits and concerns associated with some common approaches.

To better understand the approaches explained in the guidance document, the following recordings can be used. Please click on the recording you wish to access below.

Using Student Growth Percentiles for Educator Evaluations

The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment and the Center for Assessment Design, Research and Evaluation (CADRE) developed this report to help districts with the technical issues of using Student Growth Percentiles for educator evaluations. The technical report and executive summary highlight multiple approaches for creating categories based on aggregated growth percentiles, discuss multiple technical considerations, and provide district examples.

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