June 19, 2019

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Law to Implement Statewide Educator Effectiveness Evaluation System

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012,  Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation to implement a statewide educator effectiveness evaluation system. The rules cover the quality standards school districts must adopt in their educator evaluation systems, teacher content knowledge standards, the structure of performance evaluations, definitions of performance evaluations and consequences, and the role of the Colorado Department of Education.

HB 12-1001 “Rule Review Evaluation of Educator Effectiveness” was sponsored by Reps. Carole Murray and Bob Gardner and Sens. Mike Johnston and Nancy Spence. The bill passed with 99 of 100 possible votes in the General Assembly.

Enacted in 2010, SB 10-191 requires the General Assembly to approve the rules adopted by the State Board of Education to implement a statewide system that evaluates the effectiveness of licensed personnel employed by school districts and boards of cooperative services. The passage of HB 12-1001 approves the educator effectiveness evaluation system and allows for its implementation.

State Board of Education Amends Rule for Administration of the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act

The Colorado State Board of Education has amended the rules for administrating the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act. The purpose of the proposed amendments are:

  • to replace the definition of Administrative Unit that was inadvertently deleted through previous emergency rulemaking;
  • to bring the state into compliance with recent legislation adopting a Tier 1 Due Process Hearing System (SB 11-061); and
  • to repeal Section 2.08(6)(b)(i) and renumber, because by operation of rule the language has expired; the section outlines the criteria for determining if a child has a specific learning disability that prevents the child from receiving reasonable education benefit from general education.

A hearing on the amended rules will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at the Department of Education State Board Room, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80203, beginning at 2:30 pm.

Full text of the proposed changes and red line edits to the rules can be found here. Further information about the rules and hearing can be found here.

State Board of Education Adopts New Rules to Evaluate Effectiveness of Licensed School Personnel

The Colorado State Board of Education has adopted new rules for administrating a statewide system to evaluate the effectiveness of licensed personnel employed by school districts and boards of cooperative education services. The new rules were designed as a means of improving the quality of education in Colorado.

Through these rules, the personnel effectiveness evaluation system is established to:

  • ensure that all licensed school personnel are evaluated using multiple, fair, transparent, timely, rigorous, and valid methods, fifty percent of which evaluation is determined by the academic growth of their students;
  • ensure that all licensed personnel receive adequate feedback and professional development support to provide them a meaningful opportunity to improve their effectiveness; and
  • ensure that all licensed personnel are provided the means to share effective practices with other educators throughout the state.

The complete text of the new rules can be found here.

A hearing on the new rules will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at the Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80203, beginning at 1:30 pm.

Further information about rule and hearing can be found here.