Colorado’s Senate Bill 10-191 (S.B. 10-191) requires schools, school districts and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to evaluate all licensed educators with state approved quality and performance standards at least annually. This requirement applies to evaluating the performance of principals, assistant principals, teachers and specialized service professionals. S. B. 10-191 requires teachers of English language learners, bilingual education teachers, and others who hold the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) specialists endorsement to their teaching license to be evaluated annually. To help districts address this requirement, CDE recommends using the processes and materials for classroom teachers that were developed as a part of the Colorado State Model Educator Evaluation System (state model system). Because all of the teachers for whom this guide is intended hold the CLDE endorsement, for the purpose of this guide, they are referred to as CLDE Specialists. Throughout the development and pilot testing of the new system, CLDE Specialists have expressed questions about the applicability of the new evaluation system for educators such as themselves. The roles and responsibilities of CLDE Specialists often differ from those of classroom teachers, therefore the teacher evaluation materials do not necessarily provide opportunities to review and rate all facets of the CLDE Specialist’s work. This implementation brief is intended to help CLDE Specialists and their evaluators maximize the flexibility options built into the new system to ensure a fair, valid and reliable evaluation of educators serving in this unique role.
Viesca, K.M., Agar, D., Berg., M., Chavez, L., Chrzanowsky, A., Grant, L., Huang, J., Mahon, E., Svaldi, S., & Walker, D. (2014). Colorado State Model Educator Evaluation System: Implementation Guide for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Specialists. Denver, CO: Colorado Department of Education.