School got out at the end of June, and by early August my principal had finally finished writing up all his teacher evaluations in the very specific format required by the new state/federal Annual Professional Performance Review regulations.
We are now each given a "HEDI" score: Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, and Ineffective. All the trainers at the professional development workshops explaining the new system told us that it was designed to make it nearly impossible to get an "H" score.
I got an "E" for effective. The score broke down thusly:
57/60: The score my principal gave me based on his observations of my teaching and the portfolio I submitted. The reflections and discussions during this process were quite helpful to me.
20/20: A "locally generated" score. From what I can tell, this is defined only vaguely by New York State. For me it was based on my students passing the course. This is mostly meaningless since I have honors students and I've never had a kid fail. It also doesn't seem entirely fair since my organization, by design, serves many underperforming students, and I don't know how their teachers are scored.
2/20: Student Learning Objectives, or SLO. Hahahahahahahahaha. Everyone now gives a pre and post test and then measures the change in student performance. (My pre-test isn't given until October, for purely bureaucratic reasons, yet I start teaching in September. Go figure). You can have, say 70% of your students go up by 10%. At least, I learned later that some teachers used that goal. Not knowing what we were doing, my principal and I agreed on a goal that 100% of my students would get over 80% on the test. Then I learned that not all the SLO tests are created equally. Mine was developed by a consortium of teachers that I was not part of and who teach similar courses, but with widely different content because there is no standard curriculum for my program. With the expected results. These SLOs cost districts a lot of time and money to create, administer, score, and interpret.
I was told I could come up with 50+ multiple choice questions this summer to add to the test bank. But I didn't because a)I wasn't offered any pay to do it and b)I would rather spend my prep time developing lesson plans and c)it was summer and I was busy drinking coffee downtown and d)multiple choice questions suck. So I doubt I'll do any better this coming year. I am not sure I care. I'm starting work on Tuesday and my primary goal is basically to teach the heck out of my students.
ps. these photos are all at least one ot two years old because it turns out I didn't take my camera to work much last year.