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Educator Talent COVID-19 FAQs

Overview

Though many of the impacts of COVID-19 have been resolved, we still receive a couple questions regarding educator talent initiatives such as to educator preparation, educator effectiveness and licensing.The Educator Talent COVID-19 FAQ webpage provides 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?

                  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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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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