New online form for teachers to report issues with ratings
All teachers by now should have received their ratings for the 2013–14 school year. Teachers who received an Ineffective rating should call their borough office immediately and make an appointment with an intake adviser in order to file their appeals. Teachers who have questions or concerns about their overall rating or one of their component scores should fill out the union’s online rating issues form, which is designed to capture all the information that the union needs in order to assist the member.
The Department of Education and the UFT have collaboratively developed the “Advance Guide for Educators.” In it, you will find highlighted policy changes for the 2014–15 school year, a detailed explanation of the components of the evaluation system, an evaluation timeline so you know what to expect, suggested steps for the first few months of school, and lists of resources and support. The “Measures of Student Learning Selections Guide,” which was created by the DOE and the UFT, is designed to support schools in making thoughtful MOSL selections that are aligned to their student needs, instructional priorities and strategic assessment plan to drive improvements in student learning for the 2014–15 school year.
Teacher Improvement Plans
Any teacher rated Developing or Ineffective (after the safety net legislation or procedural appeals were applied) is entitled to a Teacher Improvement Plan (TIP) for the current school year. The deadline for receiving a TIP was Sept. 17. In the teacher evaluation section of the UFT website, you can read detailed guidance about Teacher Improvement Plans that spells out the rights and procedures that were created to ensure that the TIP is tailored to each teacher’s needs and will genuinely support his or her professional growth. If you have questions or concerns, contact your UFT district representative.