Assessments play an important role in many of the major education reform efforts today. Because 50% of teachers’ and principals’ evaluation will be based on student growth, the state is working to develop an assessment system that is comprehensive for all school staff at all grade levels and in all subjects. CLF is providing important thought leadership to both the state and districts in accomplishing this goal.
In an effort to better understand what a new system of assessments will mean for Colorado school districts, CLF undertook a study to get a clear picture of what is currently happening in classrooms and schools across the state.
Considerations for Non-Tested Grades
This paper is designed to help policy makers and accountability professionals wrestle with the challenges of using student performance information as a component of educator evaluations when yearly state standardized tests are not available.
Approaches Used to Measure Effectiveness in Non-Tested Grades and Subjects
This paper details the methods states and districts are using to tie student performance to teachers in both tested and non-tested subjects and grades. It focuses only on those states and districts that have developed and promoted policies to evaluate teachers using student performance.