June 22, 2011

Now available: NYSUT's Teacher Practice Rubric

Source: NYSUT Research and Educational Services

A well-constructed rubric can change teachers', evaluators', peers', colleagues', and even community expectations about what teachers should know and be able to do.

In conjunction with the forthcoming release of NYSUT's much-anticipated Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation and Development System Handbook, the NYSUT Teacher Practice Rubric - tightly aligned with the NYS Teaching Standards - is now available The critical tool was created by teachers and administrators from NYSUT's Innovation Initiative.

"Placing the NYSUT Teacher Practice Rubric into the hands of teachers and evaluators is a critical early step in helping districts prepare for the new APPR regulations," said Maria Neira, Vice President of NYSUT. "The Rubric enables both parties to frame their expectations, plan their evidence, structure their observed lessons, and share a common language throughout the evaluation procedure that shapes teacher professional growth."

The Teacher Practice Rubric has been submitted to SED for inclusion on the Department's list of "approved rubrics." A decision is expected from SED in mid-July.

The NYSUT Teacher Practice Rubric is one of the cornerstones of NYSUT's forthcoming Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation and Development System. The system also relies on multiple measures, professional learning linked to evaluation feedback, clearly articulated teaching standards, and training for stakeholders and evaluators.