Contract 2018: Teacher evaluation

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, the evaluation system for teachers will be revamped to focus on quality rather than quantity and to incorporate meaningful professional development as part of the evaluation process.

Required minimum observations

  • Rated Highly Effective the previous year: two informal observations
  • Rated Effective or Satisfactory the previous year and Highly Effective, Effective or Satisfactory the year before: two informal observations
  • Rated Effective or Satisfactory the previous year and Developing, Ineffective or Unsatisfactory the year before: three informal observations
  • Rated Developing the previous year: one formal and three informal observations
  • Rated Ineffective the previous year: one formal and four informal observations
  • Probationary teachers not rated Ineffective or Unsatisfactory the previous year: one formal and three informal observations
  • Probationary teachers rated Ineffective or Unsatisfactory the previous year: one formal and four informal observations

Evaluation windows and timelines

  • Half of the minimum-required observations will occur in the fall window and the other half will occur in the spring window. For teachers with three or five minimum observations, the additional observation can occur in either window.
  • The fall window for evaluations begins with the Initial Planning Conference (IPC) and ends on the last day of the fall term. The spring window begins on the first day of spring term and ends on the first Friday in June.
  • A spring-window observation cycle cannot begin until all evaluator forms from the fall-window observations have been provided to the teacher.
  • Feedback following an observation must be given within 10 school days.
  • The evaluator form must be provided to the teacher within 30 school days.
  • Teachers must be informed of their MOSL selection by Nov. 15.

Professional development on evaluation

  • A professional learning team consisting of UFT and DOE representatives will plan and conduct annual training sessions on the implementation of the evaluation system by the last Friday in October. 
  • The professional learning team will also ensure that teacher development tools and resources will be developed and distributed, including resources regarding evaluation of specific school settings such as co-teaching, special education settings, ENL and physical education.
  • The professional learning team will provide support to school-based professional development committees to align PD to the observations conducted throughout the year. 
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