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Teacher Evaluation

The Teacher Development and Evaluation System is a multiple-measure system that allows for a holistic assessment of a teacher's contribution to the progress students make. Measures of student learning are combined with measures of teacher practice (observations made by evaluators) to create an overall rating.

See the UFT evaluation guide

The 2020-21 school year

For this school year, the UFT has negotiated an evaluation process that is as simple as possible and takes into account this year’s extraordinary working conditions. As a result, most teachers will receive only one informal observation and members who have already had successful walkthroughs may not need to receive any additional observations at all. Read the full agreement and the FAQ

A new citywide measure will be the default measure for the MOSL for this school year and will encompass the entire staff under the same MOSL. However, any school that has developed or used its own school-based MOSL in previous school years has the option to continue to use it.

DOE MOSL documents for the 2020-21 school year: 


A fast and straightforward complaint resolution process has also been established for this school year to protect UFT members if principals don’t follow correct procedures. The APPR appeals process for a final rating remains the same. 

Key highlights of the 2020-21 agreement 
  • One informal observation will be the default for all teachers who received a final rating of Developing, Effective or Highly Effective or no rating at all in the 2018-19 school year.
  • Only domains in the Danielson Rubric that can be seen or observed in an observation will count in this year’s evaluations. 
  • If a walkthrough observation has been completed and the teacher received an Effective or Highly Effective rating, that prior observation can count as their observation. No further observation would be required.
  • If a teacher receives a written report with a rating of Developing or Ineffective on the first observation, the teacher will receive a second formal observation with a pre-observation conference.
  • Teachers who received an Ineffective or Unsatisfactory rating in the 2018-19 school year will receive one informal and one formal observation.
  • Student attendance cannot be a factor. Evaluators should focus on the opportunities teachers are creating to foster student engagement, rather than the number of students with microphones and cameras turned on or off.
  • An initial planning conference is encouraged, but not required unless the teacher received an Ineffective or Unsatisfactory rating in the 2018-19 school year. If a principal chooses to hold initial planning conferences, no paperwork may be involved.
  • A summative conference is not required unless the teacher's year-end Measures of Teacher Practice score is Developing or Ineffective.
  • Substitute teachers will not be rated according to this evaluation system. Where state law requires a rating for substitutes, they will be rated Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.
  • All observations must be completed on or before June 11.

The matrix

The matrix used to calculate your final rating for the 2020-21 year will remain the same as in previous years. You will receive a H, E, D or I rating for both your Measures of Teacher Practice (MOTP) and Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) subcomponents. The matrix, which is shown below, makes it easy to determine your final rating. Just find the square where your MOSL rating and your MOTP rating intersect and that’s your rating. 

Teacher ratings - Measures of student learning

Teacher ratings - Measures of student learning