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EdNews: Teacher Evaluation Rules Approved

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EdNews Colorado
Senate Bill 10-191 sponsors (from left) Carole Murray, Christine Scanlan, Mike Johnston and Nancy Spence

The State Board of Education Wednesday approved regulations that will govern evaluation of principals and teachers. These regulations are under the landmark 2010 law requiring annual reviews and that at least 50 percent of evaluations be based on student academic growth. 

But the regulations will not have an immediate impact, given the law’s long implementation timeline, the fact that key parts of the rules remain to be filled in, and that the document will be subject to special review by the 2012 legislature. 

Still, adoption marked a key milestone in development of the new evaluation system, which began with passage of Senate Bill 10-191 after a tough legislative fight in the spring of 2010. Since then there’s been nearly a year of work by the State Council on Educator Effectiveness and months of drafting, comment hearings and redrafting by Department of Education staff.

The full article and a link to a draft of the SB191 rules can be found at Education News Colorado. [source: Teacher Evaluation Rules Approved]