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 (2017–18) »

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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.

MOTP Chart Matrix Evaluation

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DOE guidance

Measures of Student Learning Selection Guide (2017–18)

This guide is intended to support schools in making thoughtful MOSL selections that are aligned to student needs, instructional priorities and strategic assessment plans to drive improvements in student learning.

Advance Educator Guide (2017–18)

This DOE guide explains the key features of the teacher evaluation and development system.

Draft proposal:

2 observations like the rest of New York State public schools. Comment below. 


Melissa Paige

Still too subjective, complicated and way too many observations. Nogotiations? Hardly!

John Q. Teacher

Umm, no, the UFT and DOE did not change the evaluation system to align with NYS law. NYS law says that teachers must have at leas one unannounced observation from an an outside evaluator which is informal, and one formal observation from your principal. The UFT got us choices starting with at least 4 observations and none of those are by an outside evaluator. Teachers in NYC now have the highest amount of observations of any district in NYS. The fact is the UFT sold us out on the evaluation deal. We have more observations that are the cause of more stress, especially with the use of the Danielson rubric. Our evaluation system is horrible and must change if the UFT wants members to stay in a post Janus world.

Nancy Z

MOSL – tests created by machines, not educators. They’re developmentally inappropriate and a waste of tax dollars. From year to year, kids don’t “grow” much. Spend all that test prep time and testing time on authentic learning. Repurpose all testing dollars.
Observations – Subjective. If they continue, independent agencies should do this (more of a waste of tax dollars, but what goes on in the building is too biased). Or observers should rotate from departmemt to department, school to school, district to district.
With APs babysitting teachers, kids are running the building creating unsafe conditions. The DOE’s lax discipline policy (not that discipline is the appropriate term) interferes with teaching and learning.
Remove teacher responsibility for other adults in the room; we are not their supervisors and can’t control what another adult chooses to do or not do.

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