Educator quality is one of the most important factors influencing student achievement. We must ensure that every student is learning from the best educators if we are to meet any of our educational goals as a state. In Colorado and across the country, equity in the distribution of quality educators continues to be a challenge, as districts struggle with teacher shortages as well as systemic inequities that short-change kids in schools with high numbers of students of color and students living in high-poverty communities.
Passed in 2010, SB 10-191 (also known as the Great Teachers and Leaders Act) created a statewide educator evaluation system, linked a teacher’s probationary or non-probationary status to evaluations, and ended the practice of forced teacher placement. That meant that 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. Teacher evaluations are now based 50 percent on student growth and 50 percent on professional practice. Starting with the 2014-15 school year, educators with ineffective ratings for two consecutive years could lose non-probationary status and the protections that come with it.
The Children’s Campaign is a member of a broad coalition of advocates, educators, and business leaders working to ensure the Great Teachers and Leaders Act continues to be implemented with fidelity so every child has a high-quality teacher in their classroom and leader in their school.
Learn more about the continued implementation of Senate Bill 10-191 and the state’s model evaluation system here, and learn more about legal challenges to the “mutual consent” provisions here. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Education’s Excellent Educators For All Initiative, and read Colorado’s Educator Equity profile here.