Effective educators are proven to be the single most important school based factor in moving the achievement needle, in closing achievement gaps and giving every student a chance to succeed. In order to meet the needs of every student, all educators need frequent opportunities for professional growth, including ongoing feedback and targeted professional development.
In support of these goals, CLF developed the Educator Evaluation Planning Tool to help school districts implement new educator evaluation requirements.
Educator Evaluation Planning Tool
Why was this tool created?
- The Colorado Legacy Foundation (CLF), through the Integration Initiative, supports districts to implement Senate Bill 08-212 (standards and assessments) and Senate Bill 10-191 (educator evaluation) to target supports to teachers and principals to improve instruction for all students.
- This tool was created as a resource for districts to use in implementing requirements of the state’s new evaluation system and to outline the requirements of Senate Bill 10-191 and is intended to be a one-stop-shop for access to resources developed by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), CLF, CLF’s numerous partner organizations and to examples of how districts involved in the CLF Integration Initiative are implementing the requirements of the new evaluation law.
What is this tool?
- This tool is a web-based application developed by CLF, an independent non-profit, non-partisan partner to CDE focused on improving educational supports for educators and outcomes for students in Colorado.
- This tool organizes information regarding the major requirements of the state’s new evaluation law in one place.
- This tool is not an exhaustive compendium of SB 10-191 requirements, but does include major requirements. Districts and BOCES should familiarize themselves with the full requirements of the law and use this tool as a resources in implementation of the law.
- Information in this tool is organized into four categories.
- Communications and Engagement: Includes requirements of SB 10-191 for communicating with and engaging stakeholders, as well as related resources and district examples;
- Evaluation System Development and Components: Includes the nuts-and-bolts requirements of the law as well as resources and district examples;
- HR System Components: Includes changes to HR practices and policies mandated by the law including Mutual Consent; and
- Meeting SB 191 Implementation Challenges: Includes the top challenges as reported by Integration Districts as well as resources and district-identified strategies for meeting these challenges.
- CDE has the legal authority for implementing Senate Bill 10-191. This tool is a resource to districts for voluntary use and does not include legal advice.
Who should use this tool
- This tool is intended for use by superintendents, principals and other district administrators and educators implementing requirements of the state’s new educator evaluation system.
When and how should this tool be used?
- All districts can use this tool now to support current and future implementation efforts and to understand the new requirements of the educator evaluation law in the 2013-14 school year.
- The CDE-developed State Model Educator Evaluation System is currently being piloted by 27 districts, including the Integration Districts, and is scheduled for full statewide implementation in the 2013-14 school year.
- For more information on timelines and requirements for districts, see the CDE sample evaluation work plan and timeline.
How can this tool support districts/BOCES in meeting SB 10-191 Assurances?
- All Districts are required to submit documentation to CDE every year beginning July 1, 2013, that assures CDE that they are implementing the requirements of the state’s new educator evaluation system. There are three components, or three Assurances, that districts must confirm are being met.
- The Evaluation System Development and Components section of this tool outlines requirements as outlined in the CDE checklist for Assurance 2. While this tool is not a mirror of the checklist, it is organized so that districts can quickly search the criteria in the checklist to identify resources and district examples located in the tool.
For detailed information on Communications, Evaluations, HR Systems and Challenges, please click on the icons above.
If your district would like to contribute a strategy, tip or tool to the guide, please email CLF.
To download the complete Educator Evaluation Planning Tool, please click here.