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Friday, June 13, 2014
For The ATRs Rated Unsatisfactory What Are The Consequences?
ATRs who rotated weekly from school to school are not subject to Danielson or the Teacher Evaluation System, Therefore, these ATRs are rated under the old grading system of "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory". The rating officer is the ATR field supervisor and unfortunately, these field supervisors are not using consistent methods and in many cases, are using unrealistic criteria that results in some ATRs receiving an 'unsatisfactory rating".
What are the consequences for ATRs if they are "u rated"? Apparently, little if this is the first "unsatisfactory" rating for the ATR. For the DOE to proceed with 3020-a termination charges, the ATR must have received two successive "unsatisfactory" ratings. Even then, the "burden of proof" is on the DOE to show that they gave the ATR real professional development and classroom support when the ATR didn't even have a classroom of their own. A very high barrier for the DOE to hurdle if you ask me. Moreover, as a visiting teacher without ownership of the students, its virtually impossible for the DOE to show how they gave the ATR the proper tools to improve his or her pedagogy Finally, the DOE would have a tough time to prove that they met the conditions outlined in Article 8J (pages 52-53) of the contract that the ATR was given sufficient professional support as required in "Teaching in the 21st Century". document.
However, ATRs who get "u rated" can expect the DOE not to offer them interviews for provisional assignments after October 15th and stay in the weekly rotation pool for the school year.