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Teacher ratings

Teacher ratings - Measures of student learning By now, you should have your final rating for the 2016–17 school year under the revised teacher evaluation system. Starting this year, a matrix determined your final rating as Highly Effective, Effective, Developing or Ineffective according to two measures: Measures of Student Learning (MOSL), which are the assessments that measure academic progress, and Measures of Teacher Practice (MOTP), which are observations.

This year, for the first time, your MOSL rating is now one measure instead of separate state and local measures, though more than one assessment may be a factor in the MOSL ratings of teachers of more than one grade or subject. Your school’s MOSL committee — which is composed of your school’s principal, your chapter leader, three other members selected by the principal and three other members selected by the chapter leader — determined the assessment that was used to determine your students’ academic progress.

You can figure out your final rating using the matrix by finding the square where your MOSL rating and your MOTP rating intersect [see chart].

There is a four-year moratorium in place on the use of state exams in ELA and math for grades 3–8 in MOSL ratings. This moratorium is in effect through the 2018–19 school year, which means that your school’s MOSL committee assigned a different assessment to measure student academic progress.

If you are a teacher of ELA or math in grades 3–8, your final rating report will also show an “Advisory Result” that displays what your rating would be if the grades 3–8 state tests were taken into account. The rating on the first page of your report, called the Advance Overall Rating, is the one that counts, not the Advisory Result.

Teachers who are rated Developing or Ineffective will receive a Teacher Improvement Plan (TIP). The Teacher Improvement Plan is limited to three areas of improvement related to your rating. A supervisor will determine two areas of improvement. The teacher will determine the third. You must provide this choice to your administration by Oct. 1.

If you believe an Ineffective rating is not merited, you should file an appeal. Contact your UFT borough office and have available your observation reports, written feedback, and any logs you kept or emails you sent.

If you think you were rated Developing or Ineffective based on harassment or other than teacher performance, ask the UFT borough office staff to determine if you are eligible to be part of the 13 percent that can go to a special appeals panel for review.

Teachers who were rated Ineffective during the prior school year will have three informal observations by a Peer Independent Evaluator this school year. Those observations will be based on the five components of Domains 2 and 3. At the end of the school year, these component ratings will be averaged, and the result will be weighted as 10 percent of the teacher’s MOTP score.

If you have questions or concerns about your final rating — even if you were rated Highly Effective or Effective — the UFT has a review process to support you. You can fill out a Final Ratings Issues form online.

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