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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. 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.


Professional Development

PD on the REACH Framework is available through the CTUF Quest Center.


Important REACH Information

REACH Summary Ratings for SY 16-17 Released (CTU notice, Sept. 29, 2017)


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.

The Consent to Share Data with CTU instructions explains how in the RLS website educators can consent to share their REACH data with the CTU in order to analyze it and best support members.  The consent must be completed each school year in RLS in order for the CTU to access the previous school year’s REACH data for a consenting educator.

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

To find REACH Framework related workshops and courses through the CTU Quest Center visit the Quest Center page of the CTU Foundation website 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.

The 2017–18 REACH Teacher Evaluation Handbook tries to comprehensively explain the evaluation process for all REACH evaluated educators.

The 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.

The Framework Placemat is good for quickly referencing the different components of the Framework.

The Framework for Teaching Companion Guide unpacks each of the components of the framework and provides considerations, teaching ideas, and artifacts aligned to each component.

The REACH Guidance for New Teachers document summarizes where to start to learn the REACH teacher evaluation system if you are new to CPS.

Framework Selection Form: If you are a librarian, counselor, or other educator whose job duties are split and two frameworks could apply to your work, use this form to have a conversation with your evaluator at the beginning of the school year to document what framework should be used for your REACH observations this school year.

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.

The SY 17-18 REACH Performance Task Requirements by Educator Type document reviews how many REACH Performance Tasks each type of teacher must give at BOY and EOY this school year

The SY 16–17 Performance Task Handbook explains which teachers and librarians should implement Performance Tasks and how.

Instructions on how to take screenshots

Instructions on How to Check Your Framework & Evaluation Plan in RLS

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.

The Tenured 2nd Emerging Developing Rule document explains the change in the 2nd Developing rating rule for tenured teachers in the current contract and clarifies when a 2nd emerging Developing rating becomes an Unsatisfactory rating and when it does not.

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.

REACH EL Addendum: EL 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.

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.

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.

REACH Preschool to 2nd Grade Addendum: Teachers of K-2 grades 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.


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.

Teachers of K-2 grades 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.

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