Complete a Teacher Evaluation for Common App

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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, 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.

FYIFYI: To send Teacher Evaluations to Common App colleges, you first need to set up your profile. For help, check out Set Up a Teacher Profile for Common App

To complete a Teacher Evaluation request for Common App:

  1. From the student email request you received, click Sign In to access your Xello account.
    noteNote: If you use single sign-on (SSO) at your school, access your Xello account as you normally would.
  2. Once you've signed in, you’ll land on the list of student requests.
  3. 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.
  4. Next to Teacher Evaluation, click Complete Form.
  5. Fill out each field and upload the PDF of the recommendation letter.
    noteFYI: For help on how to create a PDF, check out Create a PDF.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Check out the video below to see how to set up a teacher profile and complete teacher evaluations.

Common App Teacher Recommender 2:12

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