Race to the Top Survival Guide for New York Districts and Schools
New York has won Race to the Top funding. Districts in New York that participate in Race to the Top have clear expectations based on the memorandum of understanding that was signed. Districts must come up with a final scope of work by November 21 that describes how these requirements will be met. iObservation has capabilities that will allow your district or school to meet a number of these requirements.
New York Requirements for Race to the Top Participants
|New York Requirement||iObservation Solution|
|Implement a comprehensive evaluation system for teachers and principals based on multiple measures of effectiveness, including student achievement||iObservation collects evidences from multiple data sources including formal observations, classroom walkthroughs, peer assessments, and self assessments. The system ties classroom level student achievement data to specific teaching practices. iObservation establishes an evaluation system with a multi-faceted view of professional practice.|
|Use annual evaluations as a significant factor for employment decisions and for teacher and principal professional development.||iObservation provides all of the information required for informed decisions on professional development, compensation, promotion, and retention. Data from iObservation is collected from multiple sources, is based on observed performance, and is aligned to the district's goals.|
|Develop and implement improvement plans for teachers and principals rated "ineffective" or "developing".||iObservation allows teachers and principals to create and track custom professional growth plans based on evaluation data from observations, walkthroughs, self-assessments, and student achievement. The system measures the effectiveness of professional development over time and highlights areas of growth and areas where further development is required.|
Source: New York Participating Local Education Agency Memorandum of Understanding, Exhibit I – Preliminary Scope of Work
iObservation has developed solutions to meet Race to the Top requirements with the nations top education experts including Charlotte Danielson and Dr. Robert Marzano. The result is a system that incorporates student achievement data, teacher observations, leadership observations, and performance evaluations into a comprehensive view of school performance.
Race to the Top will challenge New York districts and schools to develop whole new approaches for evaluating teachers and increasing teacher effectiveness. iObservation provides a proven, research-based approach that allows educators to handle these changes with confidence. There are a number of options to learn more about Race to the Top solutions with iObservation:
- Download Dr. Marzano's whitepaper on Developing Aligned Systems for Race to the Top
- Sign-up for an upcoming free informational webinar
- View our offerings based on frameworks from Charlotte Danielson, Dr. Robert Marzano, and Dr. Douglas Reeves
- Email us with your questions