Skimming through it, it remains a muddled mess, though the independent observation is now down to as little as 10% of the overall rating:
The statewide minimum standard would be two observations (one principal/supervisor; one independent) with the frequency and duration determined locally.
In addition to the above, short walkthrough observations are permissible.
Observations may exceed these minimum standards and any additional observations may be included in the overall observation score, as determined locally.
At least one observation must be unannounced .
The percentage for the principal/supervisor observation shall be established locally, but must be at least 80%;
The percentage for the independent observation shall be established locally, but must be at least 10%;
The percentage for the optional peer observation shall be established locally within these constraints.
What's the point of having to expend all the time, energy and resources on independent observers if the independent observation is only 10%?
I'll tell you what the point is.
Cuomo decided there will be independent observations and by golly, there are going to be independent observations!
We will have none of this in-house observation inflation that has obviously occurred over the past couple of years with APPR - except that, given that the outside observer can be worth as little as 10%, little will actually change from previous years.
In fact, if I'm reading this correctly, there can be two observations under this new system with the in-house one worth 90% and the outside one worth 10%.
Sure, there can be more observations, but the minimum is two, with one in-house (worth up to 90%) and one outside observer (worth as little as 10%).
So essentially, the in-house observation is the whole ballgame when it comes to observations.
Again I ask, what's the point of outside observers if they're only worth 10%?
Not that I want the outside observations at all, but I do like to point out the horse hockey in the system and here is a prime example of it.
More on the evaluation plan later.