For those who worked as regular teachers and were rated in Advance during the 2015-16 school year, our final Advance rating is finally available in our DOE email.
If anyone cares, I am still effective but now I'm highly effective in two out of three categories. I guess I am improving with age.
Well maybe not.
I am not disputing the judgment of the administrators at Middle College High School - where I have worked the last two years - or taking anything away from the fine results on the only Regents exam MCHS kids take. The observations and test results were all thrown into a sausage grinder to make up my rating which went up again this year. However, I don't see myself as any better as a teacher than I was two years ago at Jamaica High School when almost all of the teachers were rated either developing or ineffective in a closing school.
I've altered my style in a progressive school that does not emphasize testing but I'm still basically the same teacher.
Advance to me is a sad joke on all of us and what replaces it will be a bigger one.