APPR/Teacher Evaluation, Professional Development
September 13, 2012

The NYSUT Teacher Practice Rubric (2012 Edition)

Just as New York State's Teaching Standards describe effective practice, the NYSUT Teacher Practice Rubric reveals the state's broad standards in specific and focused terms. This rubric selected for use in the TED system approved by NYSED for use statewide by districts working to implement Annual Professional Performance Reviews.

The NYSUT Teacher Practice Rubric (2012 Edition) has been modified to reflect teacher and evaluator feedback from district field experience.

What if my district is already using the previous NYSUT rubric?

Districts that have already submitted an APPR plan or have already had their APPR plan approved:

Districts that have already submitted an APPR plan or already have had their APPR plan approved do not need to take any action at this time. Since the 2011 Edition of the NYSUT rubric remains on the list of approved teacher practice rubrics, districts may continue using it. However, if a district and bargaining unit(s) wish to use the 2012 Edition of the rubric for the 2012-2013 school year, the district will need to resubmit its APPR plan for approval as follows:

  1. the superintendent must send an email to educatoreval@mail.nysed.gov requesting that the district’s approved APPR plan be “unsubmitted”;
  2. the superintendent should go to Task 1.6 and select “submission of material changes to an approved APPR plan”;
  3. the superintendent should go to Task 4.1 (Teacher Practice Rubric), and select “NYSUT 2012” from the drop-down menu;
  4. if the district referenced any specific elements of its implementation of the NYSUT 2011 Edition anywhere else in its APPR plan, this information should also be updated;
  5. the district must go to Task 12 and upload a new “Joint Certification of the APPR Plan” with new signatures/dates for all parties

Once NYSED has approved the resubmission, the district will receive an approval letter. The timeline for review of plans is contingent on the date of receipt and current volume of other submitted plans. It is estimated that review of the APPR plan will take 4 – 6 weeks from the date the plan is submitted online. NYSED will consider plans on a rolling basis.

Districts that have not yet submitted an APPR plan:

Districts that are currently negotiating their APPR plans are encouraged to use the 2012 Edition of the NYSUT rubric. Simply choose the 2012 Edition of the rubric from the Review Room drop down when completing an APPR plan.

2012 Edition NYSUT Teacher Practice Rubric, guides and summaries:

The rubric extends the standards set by New York State through clear and detailed descriptions of effective teaching practices, and provides educators with a vocabulary and structure for articulating the more complex and subtle dimensions of teaching practice. This vocabulary establishes language for teacher self-reflection and goal-setting, and facilitates the essential conversations that must take place between teachers and evaluators as part of the TED system. The Teacher Practice Rubric is a critical tool for both teachers and evaluators and should be distributed early in the evaluation process to be used as the common reference throughout.

Because quality evaluation is not a one-way street, the rubric helps to establish teachers as full participants in evaluation and continual professional growth. It describes specific, measurable and/or observable behaviors in and out of the classroom. The rubric clearly defines the expectations for each element's performance indicators to provide for objective evaluations and fair and consistent ratings of effectiveness. Measures of teacher effectiveness have been selected to reach across the continuum of teacher practice so that all state teaching standards are assessed.

The Teacher Practice Rubric is designed by practitioners to provide an accessible and easy-to-navigate experience for both teachers and evaluators engaged in examining teaching and professional practices. It powerfully describes - in the context of the New York State Teaching Standards - the wide variety of skills, performances, behaviors, and dispositions that teachers bring to their work. Starting with the state standards as a foundation, and using the rubric's descriptions as a guide, teachers can use the TED Workbook to easily organize and share the evidence of their practice.

The TED workbook is aligned to the rubric's performance indicators and clearly and systematically delineates the relationship between the New York State Standards and their elements. It provides for an orderly cataloguing of evidence and accomplishment, and encourages evaluators to uncover teacher contributions and capacity to meet performance expectations. The evidence collection forms demonstrate how evaluators reference the rubric and the teaching standards to assess how a teacher's evidence, collected through observation, artifact analysis, or other measures, informs scoring and rating.

The TED system supports a process for a deep look into teachers' talents and strengths. As teachers' collaborative partners, evaluators use the rubric and performance indicators to determine the scope of the evaluation. The rubric keeps the evaluation focused on teaching practice, and still ranges widely enough to capture teachers' professional practice both in and out of the classroom. By using the New York State Teaching Standards and the Teacher Practice Rubric, teachers and districts will be able to integrate the feedback from evaluations to generate meaningful professional development.