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Lack of ratings won’t affect observations

New York Teacher

After weeks of negotiations, the DOE agreed to change its position that the lack of ratings in 2019–20 should be a determining factor in the number and type of observations that teachers are required to have this school year. Any tenured teacher rated Effective for the 2020–21 school year will receive a minimum of two informal observations this year. (As before, members can request a formal observation if they wish, but it is not required.)

If a tenured teacher received a rating of Effective for the previous two school years, that teacher only needs a minimum of two informal observations for the current school year. However, because teachers did not receive a rating for the 2019–20 school year due to the pandemic, the city Department of Education instructed principals in September that tenured teachers rated Effective would need one formal and one informal observation this school year.

No change has been made to the number of observations required for teachers rated Highly Effective (two informal observations) or teachers rated Developing (three informal observations and one formal) for the 2020–21 school year.

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