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Attention Building Reps!

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2012 MTA Association Rep Handbook

QEA Contracts

QEA Calendar of Events 2014-2015

Nov. 19 - MTA Rally at Malden High School -- DESE Licensure forum -- 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Nov. 20 - QPS Fall Gathering, 3-6 p.m., Tirrell Room

Nov. 24 - PD Committee, 3:15 at Coddington Hall

Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving

Dec. 10 - E-Board/Rep Council, 3:15 p.m. at QHS

Please let QEA know of any items of interest for the Calendar at quincyteachers@gmail.com

Unit A Members:

During this 3-year Pilot period, it is very important that you contact your Building Rep or QEA if you have concerns or questions about how Ed Eval is being implemented in your building. 

If you have any questions, please email QEA President Allison Cox at quincyteachers@gmail.com.

~ QPS Educator Evaluation - Pilot Year 2 - 2014-2015 Unit A ~

Retirement Questions?

Please call MTA for an appointment to discuss your individual retirement plans ~ 617-878-8240

Maternity Leave Questions?

Click HERE for information

***ASPEN ~ Teachers please note that the Academic Tab section and Teacher Pages are NOT mandatory at this time

The only requirement at this time is posting of interim reports, final term grades and attendance. 

Training for Aspen that is scheduled before or after school hours is also NOT mandatory.  

Please contact QEA or your Building Rep if you have questions.

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You may sign up as either an active QEA member, or as a non-member.

What’s Next?

  1. 2014-2015 School year -- 100% of QPS teachers and educators will be evaluated using the new Educator Evaluation procedures

  2. Tier 1 (PTS Educators evaluated last year) are now on a 2-year Self-Directed Growth Plan -- check with your Principal or Supervisor if you are uncertain which plan you are now on

  3. Tier 2 (PTS Educators who were not evaluated last year) will be placed on a 1-year Self-Directed Growth Plan (PTS); non-PTS Educators will be placed on a Developing Educator Plan

NEW!!

***Attention ALL QEA Members***

You have a right to union representation if you are called into a meeting where disciplinary action could result!

Understand your Weingarten Rights

Call a Building Rep or Email Allison at quincyteachers@gmail.com or call 617-479-2283 if you need immediate assistance

QEA ED EVAL RESOURCES for Unit A Members

Educator Evaluation is a 2-Rating System

Summative Rating - began June 2014

Student Impact Rating - begins Oct. 2017

4 Standards, 2 Goals - Student Learning goal and Professional Practice goal

Evidence & Observations

PTS members evaluated last year are Tier 1

Remaining PTS and non-PTS members are Tier 2

100% of Educators now on Plans

Ratings; Unsatisfactory, needs Improvement, Proficient, Exemplary

Rating determines type of next Ed Plan

District-Determined Measures (including MCAS)

1-year DESE extension

This 2014-2015 year is a pilot

Next year data will be collected

Oct. 2017 first SIR ratings for Quincy

Ratings:  Low, Moderate, or High

Rating determines length of next Ed Plan

QEA/QPS DDM Frequently Asked Questions - Oct. 2014

1. What is a District-Determined Measure?

A DDM is a measure of student learning, growth, and achievement aligned to curriculum frameworks, that are comparable across grade or subject level district-wide.  These measures many include, but shall not be limited to: portfolios, approved commercial assessments and district-developed pre and post unit and course assessments, and capstone projects.

2.  What does the one-year extension from DESE mean for Quincy?

The extension allows Quincy a full pilot year to try out each DDM, determine scoring parameters and administration protocols, examine issues of fairness, timing, content, etc…  as well as make modifications to DDMs, if needed.

The extension also impacts our timelines, which will now be:

  1. 2014-2015 District-wide pilot of all DDMs

  2. 2015-2016 All Educators must have 2 DDMs in place and collect the first year’s data

  3. 2016-2017 Second year data is collected and analyzed and all Quincy Educators will receive a Student Impact Rating of Low, Moderate, or High

3.  How will results from DDMs be used to determine Educators’ Student Impact Ratings?

At least 2 years of data from at least 2 DDMs, in combination with professional judgement, will be used in determining the Educators’ impact on student learning as high, moderate, or low.   Details of this are being bargained.

4. How will my Student Impact Rating affect my evaluation?

Your Student Impact Rating will be used to determine the length of your Educator plan for the next evaluation cycle.

5.  How will results from students who move in later in the school year, or students who are absent frequently, be used to determine Student Impact Ratings?

While this is still being bargained by QEA and QPS, the DESE model language states that results from students who are not present for instruction for at least 90% of the instructional time shall not be used in determination of an educator’s impact on student growth.

6.   I have students who receive additional instruction from an ELL or Special Education teacher.  Will those students’ scores count toward my Student Impact Rating?

This will be determined through bargaining.

7.  How many classes or students will be attributed to my DDM results?

This will be determined through bargaining.

8.  Does my DDM have to include a written response?

There are no requirements for DDMs to include a written response.

9.  Will MCAS scores be used as a DDM?

Yes.  DESE regulations require that MCAS Student Growth Percentiles be used as one measure, where available.  This means that MCAS SGP will be used as a DDM for teachers of grades 4-8, ELA and Math.  This is not subject to bargaining.

10.  Who is bargaining the DDM contract language?

The QEA/QPS Ed Eval Work Group is bargaining this language, which will be brought to the full Unit A membership as well as School Committee for ratification at a later date.

11. What will happen during this 2014-2015 Pilot year?

DDMs will be administered and results will be analyzed - however, no data will count toward your evaluation. 

Educators will use this year to analyze protocols, content, fairness, and timing issues, as well as help determine scoring parameters.  Educators will be given opportunities to suggest modifications to their DDM, if needed.  More information is coming soon!

DESE and Commissioner Mitchell Chester are seeking feedback from teachers regarding 3 new models of licensure that will tie your license to your students’ performance!!

Tell state education officials ‘NONE OF THE ABOVE’

What can YOU do?

  1. BulletAttend the MTA RALLY next Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Malden High School!   Look for sign-up sheets in every building -- QEA will provide a bus if we get enough sign-ups! See your QEA building rep for more information

  2. BulletEmail your state education officials today and say ‘NONE of the above’!!

Read Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s memo (Friday, Nov. 14)

Read MTA President Barbara Madeloni’s message to members (Friday, Nov. 14)

Read QEA President Allison Cox’s memo to members (Monday, Nov. 17)

WE DID IT!
DESE rescinds proposals linking licensure to educator evaluation

Thanks to all of our members who sent emails to state education leaders over the past two weeks.  Your united, unwavering opposition to Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s plan to tie licensure to educator evaluation was heard loud and clear! 

On Friday afternoon, Commissioner Chester announced he was rescinding the draft options that included linking licensure to ed eval. 

A memo from QEA President Allison Cox is on its way to buildings announcing the good news as well as revised plans for Wednesday’s rally in Malden.