I was reading the union propaganda rag, the New York Teacher, and noticed that the paper published an article that said who were and who were not subject to the flawed teacher evaluation system. Absent from the list who were exempt were ATRs. Was this omission deliberate? I think it was, why else would our union ignore over 2,000 teachers? I guess they don't want people to know the truth.
Let me clarify the issue. ATRs who are not in the classroom the entire school year will not be evaluated under the new system since no pre-test or post-test baselines can be established for them. Therefore, if a teacher takes a long term leave position say after November 1st or leaves before the end of the school year, they can only be evaluated under the old system "S" and "U". A much better system for teachers.
If the ATR is unlucky and takes a long-term leave position in a school that does not meet the following criteria, I wish you all the luck in the world because you're going to need it. The criteria is listed below.
- Administrative quality.
- Student body
- School tone/discipline policy