Unsatisfactory Evaluations: Colorado

Exiting Ineffective Teachers Policy


The state should articulate consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations, including specifying that teachers with multiple unsatisfactory evaluations should be eligible for dismissal.

Meets goal
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Unsatisfactory Evaluations: Colorado results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/state/CO-Unsatisfactory-Evaluations-10

Analysis of Colorado's policies

Colorado requires local districts to place any teacher deemed "ineffective" on his or her performance evaluation on a "remediation plan." The remediation plan targets deficiencies and offers resources and assistance for improving performance. If, after the remediation plan is implemented, the teacher performs effectively on the next performance evaluation, no further action is taken.

If the teacher is deemed ineffective on the next performance evaluation, he or she will be given an opportunity to appeal the rating, which can take no more than 90 days. If the teacher does not prove that the ineffective rating was inappropriate, the evaluator will either make additional recommendations for improvement or recommend dismissal.


Recommendations for Colorado

State response to our analysis

Colorado recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.

Research rationale

To review the process and types of personnel evaluations observed in other job sectors, including the problems inherent to some evaluation systems see, for example, Gliddon, David (October 2004). Effective Performance Management Systems, Current Criticisms and New Ideas for Employee Evaluation in Performance Improvement 43(9), 27-36.