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. To help districts address this requirement, CDE provides the processes and materials for classroom teachers that were developed as a part of the Colorado State Model Educator Evaluation System (state model system). Throughout the development and pilot testing of the state model system, groups of teachers have expressed questions about the applicability of the new evaluation system for educators such as themselves. This is true for general education teachers of bilingual learners whose roles and responsibilities often differ from those of classroom teachers. Because of such differences, the teacher evaluation materials do not necessarily provide opportunities to review and rate all facets of the general education teachers of bilingual learners work. This practical ideas guide is intended to help general education teachers of bilingual learners and their evaluators maximize the flexibility options built into the new system to ensure that they receive a rigorous, fair and valid evaluation.
Viesca, K.M., Agar, D. Berg, M., Chavez, L., Chrzanowshy, A., Grant L., Huang, J., Mahon, E., Svaldi, S., & Walker, D. (2015). Colorado State Model Educator Evaluation System: Practical Ideas for Evaluating General Education Teachers of Bilingual Learners. Denver, CO: Colorado Department of Education.