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Welcome to the Chicago Teachers Union’s resource page on teacher evaluation. CTU staff are doing everything we can to connect members to resources, answer questions and fight for our members to be evaluated as fairly as possible. Each monthly evaluation email (archived below) provides members with valuable information. Click  below to read the monthly evaluation email. If you need advice or assistance regarding teacher evaluation contact your field representative.


YES to solidarity! Pledge to share your REACH data with CTU.

The Chicago Teachers Union needs to monitor how well administrators are evaluating our members. To do so, CTU must access members’ evaluations. By sharing your data with CTU you empower us to advocate for fair evaluations. However, in order to do so you must notify CPS of your consent to share this data. CTU will not share any individual’s data with anyone else. Register your consent by visiting CTUNET.COM/YES and following the step-by-step instructions.


Monthly Evaluation Tips and Updates from CTU

show list School Year 2016–17

show list School Year 2015–16

show list School Year 2014–15

show list School Year 2013–14


Documents About Teacher Evaluation

CPS REACH Changes and Best Practices reviews changes in the new contract on evaluation. It summarizes best practices in the REACH process which are now grievable and should be documented as well as major changes in the contract per REACH..

Comprehensive report on Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching and negative impact of a manufactured "teacher quality crisis" through teacher evaluation.

Click to download the Teacher Evaluation Liaison flyer to learn how to help your fellow teachers get their best evaluations.

To find REACH Framework related workshops and courses through the CTU Quest Center visit the Quest Center page of the CTU web site here.

The CTU Grievance Checklist helps members assess whether they have experienced procedural errors which could possibly allow them to file a grievance.  Please contact your CTU Field Rep to discuss filing a grievance.

Click to download the Updated Framework for Teaching with Critical Attributes. Teachers should regularly consult, study and reference this document which is the rubric that determines their Teacher Practice observation scores.

Click to download the Special Education Framework for Teaching with Critical Attributes. Special Education teachers should regularly consult, study and reference this document which is the rubric that determines their Teacher Practice observation scores.

Click to download the REACH SPED Addendum.  Special Education teachers should review this document and share useful passages from it with their evaluator in email and in their pre- and post-observation conferences to ensure that the particularities of their teaching setting are taken into consideration during REACH observations.

Click to download the REACH Best Practices for Co-Teaching document.  Teachers in co-teaching settings should review this document as well as the Overview document listed below and use them in discussions with their evaluator in pre- and post-observation conferences for REACH.

Click to download the REACH Co-Teaching Overview document.  Teachers in co-teaching settings should review this document as well as the Best Practices document listed above and use them in discussions with their evaluator in pre- and post-observation conferences for REACH.

Click to download the Updated Framework Placemat.  Good for quickly referencing the different components of the Framework.

Click to download the 2016–17 Teacher Evaluation Handbook. Revised January 2017 The SY 16–17 Teacher Evaluation Handbook tries to comprehensively explain the evaluation process for all REACH evaluated educators.

Click to download the SY 16–17 Performance Task Handbook. The SY 16-17 Performance Task Handbook explains which teachers and librarians should implement Performance Tasks and how.

Click to download the User Guide for Appeals process. Educators who receive a final summative rating of Unsatisfactory have a right to appeal their rating. This document helps explain the process.

Click to download the REACH Arts Addendum.  Arts teachers should review this document and share useful passages from it with their evaluator in email and in their pre- and post-observation conferences to ensure that the particularities of their teaching setting are taken into consideration during REACH observations.

Click to download the REACH ELL Addendum.  ELL teachers should review this document and share useful passages from it with their evaluator in email and in their pre- and post-observation conferences to ensure that the particularities of their teaching setting are taken into consideration during REACH observations.

Click to download the REACH PE Addendum.  PE teachers should review this document and share useful passages from it with their evaluator in email and in their pre- and post-observation conferences to ensure that the particularities of their teaching setting are taken into consideration during REACH observations.

Click to download the REACH Preschool Addendum.  Preschool teachers should review this document and share useful passages from it with their evaluator in email and in their pre- and post-observation conferences to ensure that the particularities of their teaching setting are taken into consideration during REACH observations.


Frequently Asked Questions about Teacher Evaluation

This Frequently Asked Questions Page is available to answer your questions about the new teacher evaluation system under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) requirements.


“Value-Added Measures” Explained

Click here for a video recording of a lecture by Jesse Rothstein, Associate Professor at the University of California-Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy & Dept. of Economics, on why we should be concerned about “Value-added” Assessment. The actual lecture begins after introductions at 13 minutes, 45 seconds into the recording. Use the "progress bar" along the bottom of the video window to jump to that spot. Questions and answers are included at the end.


CTU Quest Center Position Paper

The Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center has produced Promoting Instructional Quality: Teacher Evaluation or Teacher Collaboration? which is a position paper on the topic of teacher evaluation, proposed approaches, and how to improve teaching in our schools. We highly recommend a close reading.


Linda Darling-Hammond’s Commentary on Value-Added Measures

Linda Darling-Hammond wrote this piece for Education Week outlining the ways that the current fad of “Value-Added” evaluation hurts the teaching profession.


Who is a Qualified Evaluator?

If anyone wants to know if their principal or administrator is a qualified educator, the public search function is now available on ELIS through ISBE. Follow these instructions below. You’ll have the most luck with the search function if you just put in the principal or administrator’s last name (and leave the region and everything else blank). The name does have to be spelled correctly. You get to see ALL of that principal or administrator’s credentials. Go to: http://isbe.net/ELIS/default.htm. Click on ELIS/Educator Credentials. Public Search. Type name of principal. Their evaluation credentials should be listed under Designations.

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