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Read the UFT-DOE agreement on teacher evaluation. 

How many times will I be observed during the 2021-22 school year?

Any tenured teacher rated either Effective or Highly Effective for the 2020-21 school year will receive a minimum of two informal observations. Teachers rated Developing or who did not receive a rating during the 2020-21 school year will receive three informal observations and one formal. Tenured teachers who were rated Ineffective or Unsatisfactory for the 2020-21 school year will receive one formal and four informal observations. 

All teachers who have not yet been granted tenure will receive one formal observation. Those probationary teachers who received a rating of Highly Effective, Effective or Developing for the 2020-21 school year or who did not receive a rating for that year will also receive three informal observations. Probationary teachers who received a rating of Ineffective or Unsatisfactory for the 2020-21 school year will receive four informal observations in addition to the formal observation.

What are the observation timelines and deadlines for teacher evaluations to be conducted this school year?

Initial planning conferences will be held between Sept. 9 and Oct. 29. Fall observations must take place between your IPC and Jan. 31. Spring observations must take place between Feb. 1 and June 3. Summative conferences must be held between April 29 and June 24. Half of the required minimum number of observations will be conducted during the fall window  and half will be done in the spring. In situations where the minimum number of observations is three or five, the additional observation may occur within either window.

How will I be rated if I am teaching some students remotely in a digital classroom? 

At least 24-hour notice must be given for any observation in a digital classroom that will be used for evaluation purposes. No evaluative observations will be conducted on the first day of an emergency closure.

When can I expect to receive feedback after an observation?

Initial feedback for any observation that will be used for evaluative purposes is to be provided within 10 school days. This feedback can be in the form of in-person conversations, in writing, via email or any other form of communication and ​​should include notification as to whether or not the observation will be used for evaluative purposes. A post-observation meeting should be held within 20 school days of the observation. The Teacher Observation Report should be provided within 30 days of the observation.

How will my MOSL rating be determined this year? What choices do we have regarding choosing an assessment to use for our MOSL rating?

Your principal and your chapter leader must create a committee that will select the Measures of Student Learning to be included. The committee is made up of the chapter leader, three staff members chosen by the chapter leader, the principal (or designee) and three staff members selected by the principal. If you do not know who is on your school’s MOSL committee, ask your chapter leader.

Along with making the school-level MOSL choice, the MOSL committee is responsible for ensuring that your school’s teachers are made aware of the MOSL choices and they understand how their MOSL score will be calculated. You should be informed of your school’s MOSL selection by Oct. 22.

Will state standardized tests be factored into our MOSL rating?

State assessments are no longer required to be used for MOSL purposes in grades/subjects that culminate in a state assessment. However, schools may, if they choose, continue to use these assessments. NYSAA and NYSESLAT no longer must be used as a MOSL for teachers that had been required to use them in years past. 

Will diagnostic screenings that are part of the DOE Academic Recovery program be used for MOSL ratings?

The diagnostic screenings being used this fall as a part of the DOE’s Academic Recovery Plan (including Acadience, MAP Growth, iReady, STAR and DRP) cannot be used as a measure of student learning. However, SANDI/FAST and WebABLLS may be used.

How long will this specific evaluation agreement be in effect?

This agreement is only valid for the 2021-22 school year.

Can my observation be videotaped or recorded?

Each teacher must indicate whether they would like to include videotaping as part of the observation process for the year on the Initial Planning Conference Form. This form is completed, signed, and retained in the teacher’s file at the IPC. The teacher should retain a copy of the form.

How soon can my administrator start observing me?      

Classroom observations for evaluative purposes can begin anytime following the Initial Planning Conference.

Can I choose to be observed formally?

If you are not required to be formally observed, you can opt to have a formal observation if that is your preference. 

How can I file a complaint or appeal if I feel my rating was calculated unfairly?

Teachers covered by the Advance evaluation system may use the APPR complaint form to ask their principal for assistance in resolving an issue with the implementation of the teacher evaluation system. The teacher must file this form within five school days of knowledge of the act or occurrence that led to this request. You can file an APPR complaint on the UFT website.