As you are aware, in the 2015-16 school year, the Board of Regents and I placed a hold on the use of student performance measures based on the grades 3-8 ELA and math State assessments as part of teacher and principal evaluations which continues through the 2018-19 school year. This hold was intended to give us time to explore potential changes to the current evaluation system as we transition to new learning standards.
You are in the field, day in and day out, taking on the demanding and rewarding responsibility of nurturing young minds. Many of you know that I started my career as a social studies teacher and this perspective still guides my work. As such, I am committed to working with you to create an evaluation system rather than doing something to you. Meaningful evaluations can provide you with important insight and are a foundational element of ensuring that all students in New York State, regardless of demographics or zip code, have access to great teachers and school leaders.
I ask you to take this critical opportunity to provide us with your candid feedback and be a part of developing an evaluation system that provides an accurate reflection of your work and, most importantly, informs your practice. Please click on the following link to complete the survey, which should take no more than 25 minutes to complete: Commissioner’s APPR Survey.
We are asking that you complete this survey and provide your feedback by March 7, 2018. Any questions that you may have can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.