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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.

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The UFT 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.

See the UFT's guide to the teacher evaluation system

The matrix

You will receive a HEDI rating for both your Measures of Teacher Practice (MOTP) and Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) subcomponents. Then the DOE will use a matrix to determine your final rating. 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. For example, if you receive an Effective in MOSL and a Developing in MOTP, your overall rating will be Effective. In general, the final rating focuses on each teacher’s strengths, and holds teachers accountable in a common-sense, consistent way.

Teacher ratings - Measures of student learning

Teacher ratings - Measures of student learning

Training videos

As part of the 2018 DOE-UFT contract, the UFT negotiated substantial changes to the evaluation process. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and UFT President Michael Mulgrew filmed a video encouraging teachers and administrators to have real conversations about instructional practices and the culture of evaluation at their schools. 

Watch the video

As part of the training process around the new evaluation and observation procedures, teachers and administrators in all schools should have watched this DOE-UFT webinar.

View the webinar

DOE guidance