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Educator Evaluation Requirements
Requirements of the Colorado Evaluation System
Composition of Final Effectiveness Rating
Final Effectiveness Rating Categories
Measures of Student Learning/Outcomes (MSLs/MSOs)
MSLs/MSOs are compiled by both individual and collective measures, and all licensed personnel are required to have at least one of each measure type. There can be up to 5 total measures attributed to any given educator.
Collective measure(s) for teachers and principals cannot exceed 10% of the total final effectiveness rating (FER) and can only use data based on the performance of students enrolled at their school.
Educators new to their district/BOCES cannot have data from previous school year(s) applied to their measure(s).
Probationary and Non-Probationary Status
Highly Effective Evaluation Process
The Highly Effective evaluation process is designed to provide a unique, meaningful evaluation process for licensed personnel who have earned an FER of Highly Effective for three consecutive years or longer. Districts/BOCES will decide if to offer the Highly Effective evaluation process to their educators before the start of the 2023-24 school year. Districts/BOCES that choose to offer the Highly Effective evaluation process must create and release implementation guidance, as well as notify educators who are eligible for the process, by the start of 2023-24. Note that the requirement of an annual evaluation remains in place.
Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, all evaluators of licensed personnel (i.e., evaluators for teachers, SSPs, and principals/APs) will be required to complete a training related to evaluation. The training will not have to be completed prior to the start of the 2023-24 school year. Beginning August 1, 2024, all new and renewed licenses will be required to complete the training. CDE will offer a combined asynchronous and synchronous training, and districts/BOCES will also have the opportunity to provide the training directly for their evaluators.
Data Reporting Timeline
Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, FER data will no longer be collected through the HR Data Collection and a new data collection called the "Staff Evaluation Snapshot" will be employed to collect FER data. The Staff Evaluation Snapshot will be open from the spring through October 15th of each year. To learn more or for questions related to the Staff Evaluation Snapshot, please contact the Research and Impact Office at email@example.com.
By July 1st of each year, school districts/BOCES are required to submit assurances that they are implementing the State Model Evaluation System or another evaluation system that adheres to the statutory requirements for teachers, principals, and special services providers (SSPs).