Educator Effectiveness Metrics Released This Week

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 10, 2017

The Colorado Department of Education released its first educator effectiveness report on Monday. The report, with overall effectiveness ratings from the 2014-2015 school year, indicates that 88 percent of teachers and 83 percent of principals received a rating of “effective” or higher.

In the department’s SchoolView system, parents and community members can view educator effectiveness ratings at the state, district and school level. An in-depth analysis of the data by Chalkbeat showed that gaps between the percent of effective teachers in districts with high- and low-poverty and high- and low-minority schools varied greatly by district.

Overall Effectiveness Rating 2014-15 Results
  Teachers Principals
Highly Effective 34.74% 29.57%
Effective 53.64% 53.64%
Partially Effective 3.78% 5.18%
Ineffective 0.09% N<5
Not Rated * 7.76% 11.45%


Teacher and principal ratings are based 50 percent on student growth and 50 percent on professional practice, as required by the Great Teachers and Leaders Act, also known as Senate Bill 10-191. Passed in 2010 with support from the Children’s Campaign, the bill created a statewide educator evaluation system meant to provide meaningful feedback to teachers and leaders to improve their practice. The bill also ended the practice of forced teacher placement, where if a teacher had earned tenure they were guaranteed a position in a school even if the principal did not believe that teacher was the right fit.

To read the full report click here.

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