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SY 16-17 REACH Ratings Released

by Jennifer Johnson  |  09/29/2017

Final REACH Ratings for SY 16-17 Available on RLS Now

CPS released final summative REACH summary reports for SY 16-17 on the RLS web site today (Friday, September 29, 2017).

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 16-17 to receive a final rating.
  2. Interim reports are for tenured educators for whom SY 16-17 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 untenured educators, tenured educators who were on an annual evaluation plan in SY 16-17, and tenured educators for whom SY 16-17 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 16-17 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 final summative REACH rating based on procedural errors is now open and will be open for 45 school days, starting today. Please use the Grievance Checklist to assess what procedural errors occurred and contact your CTU Field Representative.

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.

Emerging Developing & Unsatisfactory Rating Appeal Process & Workshop

What REACH-evaluated educators are eligible to file an appeal of their SY 16-17 final summative rating?

Educators are eligible to file an appeal of their SY 16-17 final summative REACH rating if they:

  • Received a SY 16–17 Unsatisfactory REACH rating, or
  • Are tenured and received a SY 16–17 emerging Developing rating (score between 210-250), or
  • If they were laid off out of seniority order and they received a SY 16–17 Unsatisfactory or Developing (score between 210-284) rating.

CPS is emailing educators with information about the appeals process. Details about the Appeals process can be found in Article 39-9 (pages 167-169) of the contract.

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

The CTU is holding a REACH Rating Appeals Workshop on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 4:30-7pm at the CTU Center (1901 W. Carroll Ave, in the Executive Conference Room) to help members begin the appeals process and connect with CTU staff who can further assist them.

Please email Vera Lindsay to RSVP for the workshop and please include your rating and total REACH score (out of 400) in the email.

Educators attending the workshop should bring a laptop or tablet with them to the workshop. There is free street parking nearby and a parking lot behind the building.

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, October 9, 2017) to file an Intent to Appeal on the RLS website, and
      2. Educators have 30 calendar days (until Monday, October 30, 2017) 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. Educators completing the appeal are also reminded to make sure to “opt-in” to allow the CTU access to their appeals and rating information on RLS so that CTU staff can more fully represent them in the appeals process.

How can an appealing educator get additional help to file their appeal?

Educators who complete the Intent to Appeal by the Monday, October 9, 2017 deadline are also invited to bring their laptops and get additional help in filing their appeal at two Rating Appeals Drop-In Support Sessions on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 and Monday, October 16, 2017 from 4–7pm at the CTU Offices (1901 W. Carroll Ave., Executive Board Room). Educators do not need to RSVP for Drop-In support and can come at any time during the session to get help. Educators can come to one or both sessions for support. Educators should bring their laptop to the session.

In addition to the workshop and drop in session, appealing members can call to speak with the CTU Rating Appeal Support Specialist for help with their appeal on Monday and Thursday between the hours of 4–5:30pm at 312/329-6202. If the Rating Appeal Support Specialist is on the phone with someone else, or you cannot call on those days or during those hours, please call and leave a message and the Rating Appeal Support Specialist will get back to you ASAP. You can also email the specialist for help as well as your CTU Field Representative.

Professional Development Plans

Tenured educators who received a Developing final summative SY 16-17 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 (so no later than Monday, November 13, 2017).

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. Pages 62 and 64 of the SY 17-18 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 16-17 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 ratings summative (so no later than Monday, November 13, 2017). Once a plan is created, the educator will begin the 90 school day remediation period per contract Article 39-8 (page 165-167).

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. Pages 63-64 of Handbook reviews the main guidelines about Remediation Plans. To see contract language about the remediation process, please see Article 39-8 (page 165).

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.

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