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Know your rights | September 7, 2017 >>

By Sept. 1, teachers should have already their final ratings under the revised teacher evaluation system. Here's how your rating was calculated and the steps you can take to file an appeal if appropriate.

News stories | January 5, 2017 >>

Chancellor Farina and UFT President Mulgrew on Dec. 21 announced an agreement that aligns the city’s teacher evaluation system with the changes made in a 2015 state law while moving to incorporate more authentic assessments of student learning.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

A recent arbitration ruling with significance for more than 5,000 teachers reinforces the UFT position that principals must conduct separate pre-observation and post-observation conferences when formally observing UFT members who are still rated under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory system.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

Here are some key points to help teachers prepare for their Initial Planning Conference with their supervisor.

News briefs | October 6, 2016 >>

A judge in Northern California refused to mandate the use of student test scores in teacher evaluations.

News | August 31, 2016 >>

For teachers who receive a rating of Ineffective for the 2015-16 school year, there is a process in place to appeal the rating.

Info you should know | May 5, 2016 >>

Grades 3-8 English language arts and math state assessments will not be used as part of teachers’ evaluations this year and the next three school years. There is no change for high school teachers.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

In a move that few would have predicted a year ago, the State Board of Regents on Dec. 14 voted nearly unanimously to eliminate state-provided growth scores based on state standardized test scores from teacher evaluations for four years.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

President Obama on Dec. 10 signed into law major legislation that dials back the federal role in public education and bars the federal government from tying teacher evaluations to test scores.

News briefs | January 7, 2016 >>

A New Mexico judge has temporarily barred schools from using the state’s controversial test-based teacher evaluations to make personnel decisions.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

Kishayna Hazlewood, a 3rd-grade teacher at PS 156 in Brownsville, said she "was able to bring the story of the child into the conversation" in her work on the Common Core task force convened by Governor Cuomo.

President's perspective | January 7, 2016 >>

The days of test and punish are over. After a disastrous experiment with the Common Core standards — implemented without proper curriculum or teacher training — New York now has a chance to get things right.

News stories | October 1, 2015 >>

Following intense lobbying by the UFT, NYSUT and parents, a divided state Board of Regents on Sept. 16 delayed giving its final approval to the new teacher evaluation system. Instead, the board proposed three significant changes aimed at making the process fairer.

News stories | October 1, 2015 >>

All initial planning conferences under the teacher evaluation and development system must be held by Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Here are some key points to help you prepare for this important meeting.

Press releases | September 17, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called changes to teacher evaluation approved by the Board of Regents on Sept. 16 "important steps in the right direction."

News stories | July 10, 2015 >>

Following months of outreach to the state board by UFT members and others across the state, the Regents on June 16 adopted regulations for the new teacher evaluation system that place some limits on the impact of state tests, ensure greater local control and provide an avenue for some districts to delay implementation.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

The state Board of Regents openly challenged the wisdom of making the mandated changes to the state’s teacher evaluation system at a meeting in Albany on May 18 as the deadline for adopting the changes approached.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on May 20 that the union is fighting hard to ensure that the mandated changes to teacher evaluation in New York City produce a system that is as fair, reasonable and simple to understand as possible under the circumstances.

News stories | May 7, 2015 >>

School districts may have until September 2016 to implement mandated changes to the teacher evaluation system after the New York State Board of Regents declared that the changes couldn’t be put in place by this fall.

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