7T-R. Evaluation of Licensed Personnel

The procedures necessary to administer and implement the policy accompanying this regulation and the BOCES’s licensed personnel evaluation system are as follows:
Basic requirements
1. All licensed personnel, except those employed for six weeks or less, shall be evaluated by an administrator/supervisor who has a principal or administrator license issued by the Colorado Department of Education and/or such administrator’s/supervisor’s designee, who has received education and training in evaluation skills approved by the Colorado Department of Education that will enable the evaluator to make fair, professional and credible evaluations of the licensed personnel whom the evaluator is responsible for evaluating.
2. The standards for effective performance of licensed personnel and the criteria to be used in determining whether performance meets these standards shall be available in writing to all licensed personnel. Such standards and criteria shall be communicated and discussed by the person being evaluated and the evaluator prior to and during the course of the evaluation.
3. The system shall identify the various methods of evaluation, which shall include but not be limited to direct observations and a process of systematic data-gathering.
Information collection
The evaluator shall directly observe the licensed staff member and gather other data in accordance with the BOCES's evaluation system and state law. No evaluation information shall be gathered by electronic devices without the consent of the licensed staff member. Peer, parent or student input may be obtained from standardized surveys as part of a teacher’s evaluation. Each principal’s evaluation shall include input from teachers employed at the school and may include input from the students enrolled at the school and their parents.
Frequency and duration
Teachers shall receive the written evaluation report at least two weeks before the last class day of the school year.
Principals shall receive one evaluation that results in a written report each academic year. Administrators in their first year of service in the BOCES will be evaluated once during each year. All other administrators will be evaluated at least once annually. Each evaluation will result in a written report.
Specialized service professionals shall receive one evaluation that results in a written report each academic year. For purposes of this regulation, the term “specialized service professionals” (SSPs) shall be as defined by applicable rules of the State Board of Education.
Variations will be permitted in this evaluation schedule, whether requested by the
evaluator or licensed staff member, when the staff member is notified by the evaluator that an additional evaluation report is necessary for reasons consistent with one or more purposes of the evaluation system.
Minor adjustments and variations in the evaluation process will be allowed in order to ensure that the evaluation process is thorough and that sufficient data is collected in accordance with the BOCES’s evaluation system.
Informal evaluations and observations may be made whenever deemed appropriate by the BOCES.
Documentation
The evaluator will prepare a written evaluation report at the conclusion of the evaluation process which will include the following:
1. An improvement plan which is specific as to what improvements, if any, are needed in the licensed staff member’s performance and which clearly sets forth recommendations for improvements. If the person evaluated is a teacher or a principal, the plan shall include recommendations for additional education and training during the teacher’s or principal’s license renewal process.
2. Specific information about the strengths and weaknesses in the licensed staff member’s performance.
3. Documentation identifying when a direct observation was made.
4. Identification of data sources.
The evaluation report will be discussed with the licensed staff member evaluated. Both the evaluator and the licensed staff member will sign the report, and each will receive a copy. The signature of any person on the report will not be construed to indicate agreement with the information contained therein. If the staff member disagrees with any of the conclusions or recommendations made in the evaluation report, he or she may attach any written explanation or other relevant documentation.
Each report will be reviewed and signed by a supervisor of the evaluator.
Ineffective performance
A licensed staff member whose performance is deemed to be ineffective shall receive:
1. Written notice that his or her performance evaluation shows a rating of ineffective;
2. A copy of the documentation relied upon in measuring the staff member’s performance; and
3. Identification of deficiencies.
Appeal
The conclusions of the evaluator will not be subject to further review except as otherwise provided in these procedures.
The licensed staff member evaluated may appeal the application of the evaluation procedures by submitting a request for review to the supervisor of the evaluator to determine if the procedures were followed during the evaluation.
Approved 10-17-17