I didn't make that up.
You commenters who want two observations a year or a return to Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory annual ratings can forget about it. Our Union President thinks the current NYC teacher evaluation system is great. It could be a model statewide according to Mulgrew. I have copied below the whole section of his testimony on teacher evaluation so you don't think I am quoting out of context.
Expand authentic measures of student learning
New York City’s teacher evaluation system gives schools choices about the kinds of student assessments that can be used in teacher evaluation, including essays and other ways that students can demonstrate their skill. We also give schools choices about how to measure student growth. We know our system is more responsive to the needs of individual schools and their students. It is a model that moves away from one-size-fits-all systems mandated by the state. We believe that the city’s approach could be a model statewide. The UFT believes we need to avoid a return to the testing craze that gripped New York for too many years.
Click here for Mulgrew's entire testimony.