Purpose of the Colorado State Model Educator Evaluation System as it Pertains to Thompson School District:
According to the rules for administration of a state system to evaluate the effectiveness of licensed personnel, the basic purposes of this system are:
•To ensure that all licensed personnel are evaluated using multiple, fair, transparent, timely, rigorous and valid methods, 50 percent of which is determined by the academic growth of their students.
•To ensure that all licensed personnel receive adequate feedback and professional development support to provide them a meaningful opportunity to improve their effectiveness.
•To ensure that all licensed personnel are provided the means to share effective practices with other educators throughout the state.
The Colorado State Model Educator Evaluation System includes the following components:
1.The Statewide Definition of Effectiveness
Specialized Service Professionals
2.Colorado Educator Quality Standards and Their Related Elements
The Principal/Assistant Principal, Teacher, and Specialized Service Professionals Quality Standards outline the knowledge and skills required of an effective educator and will be used to evaluate all licensed educators in TSD. TSD will base their evaluation of licensed educators on the full set of quality standards and associated detailed elements. Specific details for teachers, specialized service professionals and principals/assistant principals can be found in the corresponding sections.
3.Measures Used to Determine Overall Effectiveness Rating
•Overall professional practices rating – 50%
•Ratings on measures of student learning/outcomes – 50%
•Combining professional practice ratings and measures of student learning/outcomes ratings to determine the final effectiveness rating
The effectiveness definitions and quality standards provide clear guidance about the professional practices associated with quality standards and the way to measure student learning/outcomes. Fifty percent of the final effectiveness rating is based on professional practices and 50% is based on measures of student learning / outcomes. The use of multiple measures ensures that these ratings are of high quality and will provide a more accurate and nuanced picture of professional practice and impact on student learning. The use of different rating levels to rate performance allows more precision about professional expectations, identifies educators in need of improvement and recognizes performance that is of exceptional quality. Specific details for teachers, specialized service professionals and principals/assistant principals can be found in the corresponding sections. The Final Effectiveness Rating Calculator can be used to forecast teachers’ final ratings.
4.Procedures for Conducting Evaluations
Procedures for conducting evaluations are detailed for each educator to ensure that data are regularly collected, associated feedback and improvement opportunities are regularly provided and educators receive a formal evaluation and performance standard designation by the end of each academic year. Specific details for teachers, specialized service professionals and principals/assistant principals can be found in the corresponding sections.
5.Performance Standards (Final Effectiveness Rating Levels)
The use of four performance standards (Highly Effective, Effective, Partially Effective and Ineffective) to rate educator performance allows more precision about professional expectations, identifies those educators in need of improvement and recognizes performance that is of exceptional quality. These standards are also commonly referred to as the final effectiveness rating level. The Final Effectiveness Rating Calculator can be used to forecast teachers’ final ratings.
Teachers and specialized service professionals who receive a second consecutive rating of Ineffective or Partially Effective and who are not employed on an at-will basis may appeal their rating using the process set forth in State Board of Education rules for teachers. Rules regarding the state-approved appeals process may be found by clicking here. District policies for teachers and specialized service professionals can be found in the MOU.