Teacher Evaluation Support

REACH Summative Ratings were released in RLS on September 21, 2022

Last school year, the CTU negotiated to limit for whom the REACH evaluation process was required for our members in CPS schools. All CPS PATs (aka untenured or Probationary Appointed Teachers) and only tenured teachers who opted in to the process were eligible to be evaluated and receive a rating.

Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to push back on the Board’s insistence on for-stakes evaluations. The REACH data from the SY 21-22 ratings bears out that educators are resilient, but more support is needed to address the challenges that you face in the classroom. CPS leaders briefed CTU leaders on the REACH results from SY 21-22 (as they have done in past years prior to the pandemic) and a much larger than typical percentage of PATs were issued an “Inability to Rate” (and defaulted to a Proficient rating due to our contract’s protection in article 39-2.4) because the administration did not complete all of the required observations, indicating that principals didn’t have the bandwidth or didn’t prioritize observations.

We know that our members need support and CPS is experiencing challenges filling positions. Now is the perfect time for CPS to consider how to better support educators to do their best work and stay committed to their schools, not stress or threaten educators with high stakes consequences through evaluation.

We recognize that there is anxiety around the REACH evaluation process for this school year as the district attempts to return to business as usual. We are committed to highlighting your concerns with the REACH process and the importance of support and not punishment. We are in conversation with CPS about this year and hope to have an update soon.

Do you think your REACH rating is wrong and contains procedural violations?

Educators who received a final summative rating may be able to file a grievance based on procedural violations and/or an appeal based on your eligibility.

To prepare for filing a grievance, educators should compile all related evidence and documentation, create 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 and return to your field representative by Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Which REACH-evaluated educators are eligible to file an appeal of their SY 21-22 final summative rating?

The appeals process is available to:

  • Educators (probationary/untenured and tenured) who received a SY 21-22 final summative Unsatisfactory REACH rating (a score of 209 or below).
  • Tenured educators who received a REACH summative rating in the lower half of Developing (an emerging Developing score between 210-250).

Additionally and separately:

  • Educators who are laid off out of seniority order may appeal at the time of layoff whose rating is Unsatisfactory (209 or below) or Developing (score between 210-284).

Details about the Appeals process can be found in Article 39-9 of the contract.

How does the REACH final summative rating appeal process work?

All appeals are completed through the Reflect and Learn System (RLS). 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 to file an Intent to Appeal on the RLS website, and
  2. Educators have 30 calendar days 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. We will confirm, but the deadline for completing this simple step in the RLS system we believe is Saturday, October 1, 2022.   We encourage all eligible educators to complete this step so they have the option of completing an appeal.

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

The CTU will be conducting a series of REACH Rating Appeals Workshops. Information about Appeals Workshops will be forthcoming.