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Using Alternate Evaluators
Promising practices of flexibilities, efficiencies, and differentiation when using alternate evaluators
Did You Know?
Alternate evaluators, or evaluator designees, can be used for professional development and quality feedback, including using peers as designees. Legislation requires that evaluator designees must be certified by a State Approved Evaluator Training Provider, but does not limit who may be a designee.
Ideas of Using Alternate Evaluators
Example using evaluator designees
Many districts throughout the state are utilizing designees who have been trained by State Approved Evaluator Training Providers. These designees are able to conduct all activities related to the evaluation cycle; including conducting observations, providing feedback, conducting mid-year and end-of-year reviews and approving measures of student learning specific to the educators they are supporting. These districts are finding that the support of evaluator designees reduces the workload of principals in the area of educator evaluation. This role also creates opportunities for teacher leaders.
Example using evaluator designees for highly effective teachers
One district wanted to differentiate evaluations for its highly effective teachers. Teachers rated as highly effective in the prior year had the option to be evaluated by a peer that completed an evaluator designee training. This gives principals time to support teachers needing more targeted feedback.
Example using a lead special services provider (SSP) as an evaluator designees
One BOCES designates an SSP supervisor for each group of SSPs it hires. These supervisors complete an evaluator designee training so they can evaluate their role-specific SSPs. This allows SSP supervisors to provide more role-specific feedback.
Example using retired educators as evaluator designees
One district hires retired teachers with specific expertise as evaluators. This group goes through an evaluator designee training so they can provide feedback to their educators. This can provide educators with more content-specific feedback and allows principals and supervisors more time to support educators needing targeted feedback.
Explore local decisions in evaluation
- Evaluating Unique Roles
- Observation Feedback
- Professional Growth Plan
- Sharing the Self-Assessment
- The Appeals Process
- The Discrepancy Model Approach to Evaluation
- Timing and Sharing of the Evaluator Assessment
- Training Options
- Using Alternate Evaluators
- Using Peers to Provide Feedback
- Weighting of Standards
Colorado Stories Using Evaluator Designees