November 22, 2013
As schools experience the first year of Advance, some school leaders and teachers understandably have questions about the feedback process, the eventual ratings, and the resulting consequences for schools and teachers. We want to clarify that principals are empowered to determine the rewards and consequences that are associated with an individual teacher’s final rating.
1. In terms of the eventual ratings and any resulting rewards and consequences:
- Disciplinary Action/Termination: Rather than simply moving forward with disciplinary
action based on a teacher’s “Ineffective” rating, the DOE will only pursue disciplinary action
(3020-a) for teachers rated poorly if principals agree. It is also important to note that
principals can use their autonomy to go in another direction and recommend teachers rated
“Developing” for 3020-a.
- Tenure: Tenure decision-making is a distinct process from Advance. Tenure decisions are not
based on formulas. Superintendents’ decisions are based on principals’ recommendations,
which in turn are based on consideration of multiple sources of information. Keep in mind
that tenure decisions are based upon evidence of a teacher’s effectiveness over his or her
entire career, not just the year of the tenure decision.
- Compensation Opportunities: Historically, teachers with poor ratings have not been eligible
for certain compensation opportunities (e.g., per session or career ladder opportunities).
During the first year of implementation, principals will be able to decide whether teachers
who are rated poorly under Advance should qualify for these additional compensation
Please share this information with your staff so they are clear that the rewards and consequences that flow from their ratings will ultimately be guided by your decisions.
My team and I will continue to provide critical updates and reminders about Advance in Principals’ Weekly and through weekly updates to the Advance Intranet page. New updates include:
- a tool to calculate and track Measures of Teacher Practice scores; this may be especially useful
for schools who have opted not to use the Advance Web Application to enter their observation
- based on popular demand, registration information for new, monthly Danielson Group training
sessions for teachers and APs, and
- a one-page document featuring helpful strategies for executing Advance as efficiently as
For questions and suggestions, contact the Advance Support Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bcc: All superintendents; all network leaders; all cluster leaders
David A. Weiner
Deputy Chancellor for Talent, Labor and Innovation NYC Department of Education _______________________________________________