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CPS released final summative REACH summary reports for SY 18-19 on the RLS website today (Thursday, November 7, 2019).

There are three kinds of REACH summary reports:

  1. Informational reports are for educators who will not receive a final rating because they received an “Inability to Rate” or did not work enough days in SY 18-19 to receive a final rating.
  2. Interim reports
    are for tenured educators for whom SY 18-19 was year 1 of a biennial evaluation plan. This report will show them their REACH results from year 1 only and not contain a final rating.
  3. Final reports
    are for non-tenured educators, tenured educators who were on an annual evaluation plan in SY 18-19, and tenured educators for whom SY 18-19 was year 2 of a biennial evaluation plan. This report will contain a new a final summative REACH rating.

Now that final summative REACH ratings for SY 18-19 have been released, those educators who received a final report and rating may be able to file a grievance and/or appeal.

For more REACH-related information, please visit our Teacher Evaluation page.

Rating Grievances

The grievance process to challenge a final summative REACH rating based on procedural errors is now open and will be open for 45 school days, starting today. Be advised you must turn in your grievance paperwork to your field representative by Monday, January 13, 2020.

To prepare for filing a grievance, educators should compile all related evidence and documentation, type up a timeline of their relevant evaluation experience and contact their CTU Field Representative. Please refer to the updated CTU Grievance Checklist on the Teacher Evaluation page to identify whether evaluation procedures were followed during your evaluation plan. You will also need to complete a Grievance Authorization Form.

Do you think your REACH rating is wrong and contains errors?

If you think CPS made a mistake in calculating your rating, please take the following two steps.

  1. Complete the CPS Inquiry Form while logged into your CPS account. Take a screen shot or print out the Inquiry Form before you submit it. This form asks CPS to investigate your questions about your rating.
  2. Review the CTU Grievance Checklist and contact your CTU Field Representative to see if you can file a grievance within the 45 school day grievance window (by no later than January 13, 2020).

Professional Development Plans

Tenured educators who received a Developing final summative SY 18-19 REACH rating are required to co-create a Professional Development Plan with their evaluator within 30 school days of the release of the ratings. The PD Plan process is not the same as the remediation process for tenured educators who receive an Unsatisfactory rating. The PD Plan must be co-created within 30 school days of the release of the final summative ratings (so no later than Thursday, January 3, 2020).

CPS emails educators and their evaluators about the start of the Professional Development Plan writing process. This email should include the template for the actual Professional Development Plan. In the SY 18-19 CPS REACH Teacher Evaluation Handbook, review the main guidelines about PD Plans. Delegates and PPC members should work to ensure that tenured teachers who receive a Developing rating have the opportunity to co-create their PD Plan before they are observed this year for REACH purposes.

Unsatisfactory Remediation Plans

Tenured educators who received an Unsatisfactory final summative SY 18-19 REACH rating and are still in their position, are required to co-create a Remediation Plan with their evaluator and an assigned Consulting Educator within 30 school days of the release of summative ratings (so no later than Thursday, January 3, 2020). Once a plan is created, the educator will begin the 90 school day remediation period per contract Article 39-8.

CPS emails educators and their evaluators about the start of the Remediation Plan writing process. This email should include the template for the actual Remediation Plan. The Handbook reviews the main guidelines about Remediation Plans. To see contract language about the remediation process, please see Article 39-8.

Tenured educators who receive an Unsatisfactory rating should prepare for the remediation process by examining their areas of weak observation scores and identifying or beginning professional development in those areas. CTU members with high previous ratings will act as Consulting Educators and work with our tenured brothers and sisters who receive an Unsatisfactory rating during the remediation process to help them complete the remediation process successfully. The educator, with the help of the consulting educator, must execute the plan, be observed by their evaluator at a mid (after 45 school days) and end (after 90 school days) point and needs to remediate to Proficient (at least 285) at the end of the 90 school day remediation period.

Emerging Developing & Unsatisfactory Rating Appeal Process & Workshop

What REACH-evaluated educators are eligible to file an appeal of their SY 18-19 final summative rating?

Educators (untenured or tenured) who received a SY 18-19 final summative Unsatisfactory REACH rating or an emerging Developing rating (score between 210–250) have the right to appeal their rating and the rating appeal process is available now on the RLS website, now that final ratings have been released. Also, educators laid off out of seniority order whose rating is in the developing Developing (251–284) range havethe right to appeal. CPS will notify all educators who are eligible to appeal via certified mail and, for any educator locked out of the CPS system, will reinstate access to the system for the purpose of filing an appeal. Details about the Appeals process can be found in Article 39-9 of the contract.

How can eligible educators get help to start their appeal process?

The CTU will hold REACH Rating Appeals Workshops at the CTU Center. Workshop dates are forthcoming.

How does the REACH final summative rating appeal process work?

All appeals are completed through the RLS website. Those educators eligible to appeal should be able to access the “Appeals Process” tab in RLS now.

There are two parts of the appeals process and each has a specific deadline:

  1. Educators have 10 calendar days (until Monday, November 18, 2019) to file an Intent to Appeal on the RLS website, and
  2. Educators have 30 calendar days (until Monday, December 9, 2019) to upload Evidence for the Appeal including all relevant documentation to the RLS website to complete the appeal.

Both parts of the process must be completed in order for the appeal to proceed and be reviewed.

Educators intending to complete an appeal should go on RLS and complete the Intent to Appeal immediately.