Common App has teamed up with Xello to make it easier to support your students with their college applications. For Common App colleges, students use Xello to send a request for a Teacher evaluation.
If you're selected by a student as a recommender, you'll receive their request via email. Use the email to sign in to Xello, or if you use single sign-on (SSO) at your school, access your Xello account as you normally would. View your list of student requests, write your evaluation, and upload a letter of recommendation.
The teacher evaluation is sent to all the Common App colleges the student has assigned to you. This means you only need to fill it out once. Make sure your letter is specific to the student's accomplishments and not to the institution they're applying to.
To complete a teacher evaluation request for Common App:
- From your educator account, click Features and select College Planning.
- Or, from your dashboard, click the College Planning card.
- Next to Common App, click Manage to land on your list of student requests. Any requests you've received from students who are not in your current school will be tagged as out-of-school requests.
- Next to the student whose Teacher Evaluation you’ll fill out, click Review.
- This opens a brief overview of the forms to fill out, and the colleges the student is planning to apply to.
- Next to Teacher evaluation, click Complete form.
- Fill out each field and upload the PDF of the recommendation letter.
FYI: For help on how to create a PDF, check out Create a PDF.
- Once the form is completed, click Done to return to the student's list of forms and colleges.
- In case you wish to pause and return later, clicking Done will save your work.
- Click Edit to resume an incomplete form or make changes.
- To send the completed document to all the colleges in the student's list, click Send.
- The status next to the form will indicate success.
- To review what you've submitted in a student's evaluation, click the View PDF link.
Check out the video below to see how to set up a teacher profile and complete teacher evaluations.
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