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High-stakes collapse

High-stakes teacher evaluations, which leaned heavily on student test scores, had no discernible impact on improving student achievement or student test scores, according to a report by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University...

Lack of ratings won’t affect observations

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...

Teacher evaluation for this school year

The UFT in February reached an agreement with the city Department of Education on an evaluation system for the 2020-21 school year only that reflects the unique circumstances and challenges facing teachers this year.

Owning the evaluation process

Teacher evaluation has long been a contentious issue, but changes negotiated in the 2018 DOE-UFT contract provide an opportunity to make the observation process the partnership it was meant to be.

Teachers and the observation process

The UFT seized the opportunity presented by the 2018 contract negotiations with the city Department of Education to revise the teacher evaluation system to focus on quality of observations rather than quantity and to incorporate meaningful...

When should I expect to meet with my evaluator/the person conducting observations of my teaching performance?

Your evaluator must conduct an Initial Planning Conference with you no later than the last Friday in October. This in-person conversation between you and your evaluator should take place at a mutually agreed upon time. This conference is an...

What aspects of my teaching will be evaluated during an observation?

As in previous years, evaluators will base their ratings on eight components of the Danielson Rubric: 1a: Demonstrating knowledge of content and pedagogy; 1e: Designing coherent instruction; 2a: Creating an environment of respect and rapport; 2d...

What kind of professional development and training about the teacher evaluation system will I receive?

The UFT and DOE have collaborated to develop new joint training sessions regarding the evaluation system. All employees--teachers, administrators, and other evaluators--will receive the same training so everyone is on the same page regarding...

How many times will I be observed this school year?

The required minimum number of evaluations will be fewer for the vast majority of teachers. If you are a tenured teacher, the number of observations your principal or other evaluator will conduct depends on your overall rating from previous school...