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Educator Talent COVID-19 FAQs

Overview

Our staff has received numerous inquiries regarding the impacts of COVID-19 as it relates to several educator talent initiatives such as to educator preparation, educator effectiveness, and licensing. In response, we've created the Educator Talent COVID-19 FAQ webpage to provide timely information on our most frequently asked questions. Updates and additional program and/or policy guidance related to the impact of COVID-19 is also available on CDE's COVID-19 Resources for Schools webpage.

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How do COVID-19-related closures impact access to Praxis exams?

ETS is providing relief in the following ways:

  • Expanding testing windows permanently, beginning Sept. 2020, to help alleviate testing capacity concerns.
  • PRAXIS at Home - a collaboration with Proctor U that allows teacher candidates to take many of Colorado's approved tests online.
    • To reschedule an exam, contact Praxis customer support from Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, at 1-800-772-9476 to reschedule free of charge. You must contact customer support at least three full days before your test date (not including the day of your test) in order to reschedule. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to reschedule your test.
    • To cancel an exam, you must cancel at least three full days prior to your test date (not including the day of the test) to receive a 50% refund.
    • Important note: If you attempt to check in more than 12 minutes after your scheduled test time, your reservation will be canceled and your test fee forfeited. Should you wish to take the exam in the future, you will be required to schedule a new appointment and pay the associated test fee.

For the latest information or to register for PRAXIS at Home, please refer to the ETS website.

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           Where do I find information that CDE is sharing with schools and districts on COVID-19?

CDE has a collection of fact sheets and guidance for local school districts, parents and students on our COVID-19 Resources for Schools website.

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Will there be an extension for the Designated Agency Data Collection (DADC) due to the transition to remote and online learning?

For designated agencies that need additional time to complete the DADC, the deadline has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020. Please note that submitting your data earlier will allow you to finish the 2019-2020 collection prior to beginning to collect new data for the 2020-2021 academic year, as well as allow you to avoid adding to your tasks to complete during the busy beginning of the next school year.

 


Are educator evaluations suspended for the 2020-21 school year? 

No. The Education Commissioner will convene a COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group to review the impact of COVID-19 on state assessments, accountability, and educator evaluations and make a recommendation for the 2020-21 school year. The Educator Effectiveness team will share any recommendations or updates related to the 2020-21 educator evaluation cycle as they become available. No new executive orders from the Governor focused on educator evaluations are anticipated.

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Where can I find information, resources, and supports for Educator Effectiveness in the 2020-21 school year?

Our team of Educator Effectiveness Regional Specialists is available to work with you and provide support as needed. Our Planning for Educator Evaluations in the 2020-21 School Year webpage offers information and multiple links to resources and supports. In addition, to support districts and BOCES in planning educator evaluation for the 2020-21 school year, CDE will not be monitoring the measures of student learning/outcomes (MSL/MSO) portion of the Educator Effectiveness requirements for educator evaluations in the 2020-2021 evaluation cycle. Information regarding Educator Effectiveness requirements, guidance, and considerations for 2020-21 can be found on the Modifications to the 2020-21 Evaluation Cycle webpage.

Questions can also be sent directly to educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us.

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Will the deadline for LEAs' assurances regarding educator effectiveness be extended?

Educator effectiveness assurances are due by July 1, according to state board rules. The assurances collected by July 1, 2020, pertain to educator evaluation practices planned for 2020-2021 school year.

CDE will allow LEAs to adjust their evaluation systems for the 2020-2021 school year after they have submitted their assurances. This flexibility will give LEAs more time to change their frameworks for measures of students learning and measures of student outcomes for the 2020-2021 evaluation cycle.

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As schools are using online and remote learning during the closures, can mentoring occur virtually as well?

Yes, CDE highly encourages remote coaching and support for all new teachers to continue during this time. As all teachers are being challenged during this time to support and continue educating our students, novice and beginning teachers will continue to need that extra support by administrators, colleagues and mentors.

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Can we eliminate or extend the options for the required professional development under the READ Act for teachers teaching in grades K-3 due to the closure of in-person learning?

Senate Bill 19-199 requires that all K-3 teachers demonstrate they have completed the scientifically or evidence based practice training requirement under the READ Act by the fall of the 2021-2022 school year. The law provides a one year extension for districts to come into compliance with this requirement. As more details emerge about the impact of COVID-19, CDE will assess if extensions beyond the additional year are necessary.


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