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The UFT has worked with the DOE to revise the teacher evaluation system so it not only aligns with the new state law, but it’s also fairer and reduces the impact of standardized tests. And we’re proud that we’ve worked toward creating more authentic student learning measures.
We've maintained all the advantages of a multiple-measures system, but we are moving from two learning measures to one. The student learning assessment will carry less weight and your strengths as a teacher will be valued. This also means a reduced emphasis on tests in your classroom and a renewed emphasis on the work your students do every day and over the course of the school year. That’s what really matters.
What's different in 2016–17
Starting this year, you will have one student learning measure instead of two. It will be combined into a final rating in a simpler, fairer way. Your school-based Measures of Student Learning committee will make the decision about what measure works best for the school for any grade and subject that is not mandated by state law, unless your principal and the committee do not agree. In that case, a systemwide default measure selected by the schools chancellor will be used.
Whatever assessment your school chooses, it will not carry the same high stakes it carried in the past. This is because of the new method for creating final ratings, which relies on a matrix instead of a score.
In the 2017–18 school year, teachers rated Developing in the 2016–17 school year may be chosen by the UFT to appeal their rating to a special panel if the UFT determines the rating was based on harassment or factors other than job performance.
In the new system, teachers will no longer receive a score between zero and 100. Instead, the DOE will use a matrix to determine your final rating by combining your Measures of Teacher Practice with your MOSL.
The matrix, below, makes it easy to determine your final rating. You find the box where your MOSL and your MOTP intersect and that’s your rating. For example, if you receive an Effective in MOSL and a Developing in MOTP, your overall rating will be Effective.
In general, the matrix focuses the final result on each teacher’s strengths.
These DOE guides pertain to the evaluation system in place for the 2015–16 school year. Check back in January for new guides pertaining to the 2016–17 school year.
Advance Educator Guide (2015–16)
This DOE guide explains the key features of the teacher evaluation and development system.
Advance Frequently Asked Questions (2015–16)
See answers to frequently asked questions about the Advance system.