by Chet Hardin
The Colorado Department of Education is anticipating that by November the statewide educator effectiveness measurement practices authorized by Senate Bill 10-191 will be in place.
According to the CDE:
The law shifts the focus of career advancement qualifications to demonstrated effectiveness based on student academic growth. With this shift, educators’ effectiveness drives hiring, promotion, professional development, earning and retaining probationary status, dismissal, and contract renewal.
Why now? More than ever before, educators must meet the demands of today’s rapidly shifting society. They deserve ongoing training and support to skillfully address new challenges and meet students’ needs. And they deserve clear, frequent feedback on what’s working and what’s not to ensure every Colorado student is successful.
First, according to a CDE press release, the department would like your input:
The state board will begin in May to explore in further detail the recommendations from the State Council on Educator Effectiveness.
The discussion will begin on Wednesday, May 11, when the department will provide a follow-up to the April 13 presentation from the council. This meeting is designed to address those areas where the council did not make a specific recommendation and to ask whether the state board agrees with particular recommendations.
On Thursday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, the board will hold a study session to further explore the recommendations from the council.
For those wishing to provide testimony at the state board meeting on May 12, a sign-up sheet will be provided.
Throughout this process, the draft rules along with recommended changes will be posted on the state board Web site. As suggestions come in, the department will post the recommended changes. Written comments on the report or recommendations to the state board on the draft rules may be sent by e-mail to email@example.com, or by mail to: State Board Office, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 506, Denver, CO 80203-1087.
After gathering input from the state board, the department will begin drafting proposed rules, which will be provided to the board at its June 8 meeting. The state board will take the first official step in the rulemaking process at its board meeting on June 8, but there will not be an opportunity for public testimony on the rules.
Special Summer Meetings
In addition to the regular board sessions, two meetings have been scheduled this summer to gather public comment from a broad spectrum of teachers, administrators, parents and the education community at large.
The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, in the first-floor board room at the Colorado Department of Education (201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver). The meeting will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, and also will be held in the state board room from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Additional opportunities for public comment will be available during regularly scheduled board meetings and via e-mail.
Finally, two rulemaking hearings will be held before the state board, one on Sept. 14, 2011 and one on Oct. 5, 2011. Public comment will also be invited at those meetings.