We have come to an agreement with CPS on how to move forward with evaluation for teachers and PSRPs. Unfortunately, CPS retracted its original agreement to not issue any ratings for school year 2019–2020 and claimed it was a miscommunication. We were able to bargain for an agreement, however, where no one will be punished with a bad rating without adequate observation.
There is also additional protection in place for vulnerable Probationary Appointed Teachers (PATs/untenured teachers), and also for tenured teachers. The vast majority of those teachers will simply extend their current evaluation cycle through next school year 2020-2021. The breakdown for all is below, and CPS has provided SY20 Teacher Evaluation Reference Table for additional guidance.
We are in ongoing conversations with CPS about PSRP, clinician and special education duties and responsibilities. Our member leaders, staff and officers are advocating for the most fair and appropriate outcomes as we are at home trying to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PSRPs are essential to our school communities, and we continue to demand their safety and guard against the possibility of future layoffs. Clerks are to remain at home, and CPS is working with principals on ways to provide them the resources to work remotely. Continue to request devices from principals, and log into the MemberLink portal for additional remote learning information provided to principals from CPS on school clerk duties.
- PSRPs will not receive new evaluation ratings for SY2019-20.
- For the purposes of determining layoffs (Appendix I Section 1(c)), CPS will use employees’ most recent evaluation rating. Employees who have no prior rating, including new PSRPs this year, will be assumed to be Proficient.
- Otherwise, all other provisions of Appendix I remain in effect.
- PATs who received three contractually required observations and post-conferences by March 13, 2020, will receive a summative rating based on 100% practice.
- PATs who did not receive three contractually required observations will default to a Proficient rating, except PAT3s who have two consecutive prior ratings of Excellent will default to Excellent (to preserve their path to expedited tenure).
PAT Non Renewal
- PATs who received three contractually required observations and post-conferences by March 13, 2020, who are projected as Emerging Developing (REACH score of 210 – 250) or Unsatisfactory (209 and below), and PATs who received two observations and associated post-conferences by March 13, 2020, who are projected as Unsatisfactory, are eligible for non-renewal by the principal.
- Principals are not required to non-renew these PATs. Non-renewal is an annual process where untenured teachers can be asked to leave their school, and must look for another position. Principals choose whether an eligible PAT is asked to leave their school or not.
- Under normal conditions, all PATs with any Developing and Unsatisfactory ratings are eligible for non-renewal. The Union fought to severely restrict which PATs are eligible, and for additional options for employment (below).
- Even though eligible for non-renewal, if a teacher has fewer than three completed observations per “PAT Ratings” section above, their rating will be Proficient and the year will count toward tenure attainment.
- In all cases, non-renewed PATs in SY20 will be offered a position as a cadre substitute for the duration of the SY21 school year. Cadre substitutes are eligible for pay every day, plus benefits. This is a new benefit secured by the Union that is normally not afforded for any non-renewed PATs during this pandemic. Non-renewed PATs may still look for full-time teaching jobs and be hired at different schools as well for SY20-21.
Tenured Annual Plans
- Tenured annual teachers who received three contractually required observations and associated post-conferences on or before March 13, 2020, will receive the higher of (a) their summative rating based on 100% practice (observations only) from SY20 observations, or (b) their most recent rating from the previous year.
- Tenured annual teachers who did not receive three contractually required observations and associated post-conferences on or before March 13, 2020, will receive their summative rating after SY20-21 (a full year later), using the two highest formal observations and highest third observation from SY19-20 and SY20-21. Principals will be required to complete at least one additional observation in SY20-21.
Tenured Biennial Plans
- Tenured teachers on Year 1 of their plan:
- If teachers received at least one contractually required formal observation and associated post-conference on or before March 13, 2020, during SY19-20, their evaluation plan will move to Year 2 in SY20-21, per normal practice.
- If teachers did not receive a contractually required formal observation and associated post-conference on or before March 13, 2020, during SY19-20, their biennial evaluation plan will restart in SY20-21, also per normal practice.
- Tenured teachers on Year 2 of their plan:
- If teachers received all contractually required observations and associated post-conferences on or before March 13, 2020, their summative rating will be issued based on SY19 and SY20 available data, per normal practice, but in no event less than a Developing rating (so no final summative Unsatisfactory ratings will be issued). The teacher will start a new evaluation plan next SY20-21.
- If teachers did not receive all contractually required observations and associated post-conferences on or before March 13, 2020, they will receive a summative rating in SY20-21 (a full year later) using the two highest formal observations and highest third observation from SY18-19, 19-20 and 20-21. Principals will be required to complete at least one additional observation in SY20-21.
- Completion of 4b-4e remains optional. Educators who will receive a final summative rating for SY 19-20, based on the above, are encouraged—but not required—to enter 4b-4e evidence. Educators who will not receive a final summative rating for SY 19-20 based on the above may enter evidence which CPS will archive for review by their evaluator next school year when these educators are due to receive a rating.
Grading and other issues
We remain in intense talks with CPS about 4th quarter grades. The district continues to equate grades with learning and motivation, and while we know there is a relationship between these things, they are not equivalent.
In a global pandemic, we should seek the maximum grace and support for our students, whose lives and circumstances vary widely. We have advocated that the district grading policy be set to meet the needs of the students with the most challenges. We continue to advocate that students receive passing grades and the option of letter grades. We expect CPS to issue grading guidance for the 4th quarter as soon as this week.
We have information on the $250 supply fund reimbursement from CPS, and have also reached an agreement with the district on adjusted bereavement language. CTU members who lose or have lost loved ones will be able to utilize bereavement leave days at a future date outside of the normal 30-day window, as we anticipate many services being delayed due to the pandemic.
We have also secured with CPS (as already affirmed by the State Board of Ed) that stipend work will continue to be paid, including work for coaching, 6th high school class overtimes, STLS and interpreter stipends, and more. You can find information on all of this in the FAQ of our CTU COVID-19 Information and Advocacy Center.