CDE Revised Teacher Rubric Pilot Information

Many aspects of the State Model Evaluation System have undergone significant revisions, informed by multiple stakeholder groups including a rubric Technical Working Group, a scoring Technical Working Group, and 30 focus groups conducted throughout the state during the 2016-17 school year. It is the expectation that all aspects of the pilot rubric are implemented during the 2017-18 school year by pilot districts.

Please provide CDE with your feedback regarding the Revised Teacher Pilot Rubric. This is a different survey from the beginning of the year survey that was sent out to educators in August. CDE Revised Teacher Pilot Rubric Survey:


Understanding the Rubric Revision Shifts in the State Model Evaluation System 2017-18 Pilot: This document details the overall changes to the rubric. Excellent resource to see what elements and practices have been changed and the explanation of those changes.

Reduction in Quantity

The revised teacher rubric to be piloted during the 2017-18 school year has undergone significant reductions in Standards, Elements and Professional Practices. The chart here highlights the reductions at all levels.

A primary goal of this revision was to maintain the rubric’s conceptual integrity.

CDE's Technical Working Group was determined to reduce redundancies of similar practices by focusing on the high leverage practices identified in quantitative and qualitative data from the initial State Model Evaluation System teacher pilot and incorporating feedback from educators.

In addition, the group focused on clarifying language, ensuring that practices appeared in the appropriate rating levels and considered current research on best practices to modify, add, or delete professional practices. Thus similar elements were combined and rewritten to reflect changes made to professional practices. As a result, major shifts in the location of elements and professional practices occurred.

Category Labels Change

In addition to reducing and changing rubric content, feedback from the field also indicated a negative impression of the label “Basic” on the lowest rating level. With the help of focus group and Technical Working Group feedback, the five categories used to identify a rating have been changed to better reflect a focus on educator instructional practices. This shift in labeling will allow evaluators to better focus feedback conversations on instructional practices rather than “labeling” a teacher with a rating. The current teacher rubric rating levels of Basic, Partially Proficient, Proficient, Accomplished, and Exemplary, will still be utilized to determine element, standard, and overall professional practice ratings. The chart highlights these changes.


Understanding the Scoring Shifts in the State Model Evaluation System 2017-18 Pilot: This document explains the adjustments to the scoring of the rubric. From the preponderance of evidence to the changes in the cut points for the professional practices and how it affects the cut points for the overall final effectiveness rating of an evaluation.

Professional Practice Scoring Revisions

In the current professional practice rubric, the scoring reflects a “rounding up” approach in that half of the elements in a Standard need to be of a certain rating in order to earn that rating. In the revised professional practice rubric there must be a “preponderance of evidence” in order for an educator to receive the higher of two ratings within a standard. If there are 4 elements in a standard, then the educator must receive 3 out of 4 elements at the higher rating in order to earn the higher rating. Previously only 2 of the 4 elements would have to be scored at the higher rating to earn that rating on the standard. This example is illustrated in the table.

The preponderance of evidence approach will be used for scoring at the standard level and the Overall Professional Practice Score. At the standard level, the educator will need to earn the higher rating on more than half of the elements to earn the higher rating on that standard. At the overall professional practice level, the educator will need to earn the higher rating on 3 of the 4 standards to earn the higher rating on the Overall Professional Practice Score. Note that the rating cut points were established based on the standards being weighted equally. Districts and BOCES may still choose their own custom weights in order to emphasize specific standards based on local values and context.

Final Effectiveness Rating Scoring Revisions

The revised State Model Evaluation System also involves an adjustment of cut points at the Final Effectiveness Rating level in order to set a higher expectation to earn a Highly Effective rating.

Previously, the minimum cut point for Highly Effective was determined by adding the minimum score for Accomplished (on Overall Professional Practice) to the minimum score for More than Expected (on Measures of Student Learning).

The minimum cut point for Highly Effective is now determined by adding the midpoint score for Accomplished to the minimum score for More than Expected. The current cut point is represented with the dashed line in the image here. The solid lines represent the cut points that are being used in the pilot.

All of the changes to the State Model Evaluation System are being piloted during the 2017-18 school year. The Colorado Department of Education Educator Effectiveness Office will collect feedback on the changes as a whole as well as the individual components. Pilot districts will need to adhere to all of these changes as well as the expectations for providing feedback and timelines described in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).