Tue August 14, 2012
Educators Prepare for New Teacher Evaluation System
New mandated evaluations are rolling out this fall for New York teachers and a local teachers union official says educators are likely nervous.
The evaluation is called the Annual Professional Performance Review or APPR.
Martha Keating, Labor Relations Consultant for the Rochester Teachers Association, says a new scoring system is in place where teachers can accumulate up to 100 points, "Never before has there been a prescribed rating that the observation evaluation counts this much and the state tests count this much and if there was local testing it would cost this much, but the law imposed that on all of the districts in NY State."
Teachers can receive a maximum of 100 points in 3 different areas. They include student growth on state tests and local tests. In addition, educators can choose from an administrator observation, or a combination of an admin observation and a peer review.
According to Governor Cuomo's online teacher evaluation tracker, only 4 out of 18 school districts in Monroe County have submitted their evaluation plans to the State Education Department. Failure to do so by January would mean those districts may not receive additional funding in 2013.