Teachers across the city are facing significant challenges caused by the Department of Education's poor implementation of the new evaluation and development system. To resolve these problems, the UFT introduced an online inquiry form for members to inform us of their concerns. The information you gave on these forms has been used in resolving many issues at the school level and as the basis for filing 17 union-initiated grievances over the DOE's implementation.
Now, the UFT is moving to the next phase.
A new online form went live on Monday, Oct. 28, to provide a formal way to address issues you may be facing with implementation of the evaluation system. We're calling it the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) complaint form. You need to be logged into the UFT website to access the form.
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Here is how it works: When you become aware of an issue that you believe violates your rights under the new evaluation system, you have up to five school days to fill out this complaint form online and give copies to your principal and your chapter leader. A copy of your completed form will be automatically forwarded by the computer system to your district representative. That will trigger a formal resolution and review process in which UFT staff will work with you, your school and DOE central to address the issue.
Remember that you have only up to five school days after you become aware of any issue to fill out the complaint form online and give a copy to your principal.
You can find the link to the complaint form in the teacher evaluation section of the UFT website.
This formal enforcement process is in place because the UFT insisted on it during arbitration. And, we were successful in having the commissioner include this in his order. The complaints filed through this process will serve as a guide to the changes we want while we negotiate our contract.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact your borough office with any questions.
The UFT Evaluation Team
Wow - what a joke.
You have five days to file a complaint if you become aware of an issue that violates your rights under the new evaluation system.
To be frank, you have very few rights under the new evaluation system to begin with, but if you find that one of those few rights is being violated, don't delay in getting that complaint over to the crack squad over at the UFT Evaluation Team.
There, don't you feel better about the new evaluation system already?
I'm sure the crack squad at the UFT Evaluation Team will make all the problems going away.
Except for the problems with VAM, and the insanity of using 22 competencies from the Danielson rubric for classroom observations and evaluations, the tons of extra documentation you have to do in order to prove you're not incompetent under the new system, the extra work associated with the performance assessments, the fact that you might be graded in your evaluation on test scores of students you don't teach in a subject you're not licensed in.
You see, those problems are built into the system and you have no right to do anything about those.
The crack squad at the UFT agreed to all of that garbage as part of the APPR agreement and the Race to the Top sign off.
So the UFT Evaluation Team complaint form is just another bunch of UFT jive mant to fool you into thinking the leadership is doing something to protect you when they are one of the main reasons you, your job and your professional reputation are in jeopardy.
They helped develop this system, they signed off on it and they have defended it from critics like Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris.
This is their baby as much as it is Cuomo's, Tisch's and King's.
MORE, on the other hand, has this saying: There is no right way to evaluate teachers by test scores.
See the difference?