MASSENA - Massena Central School parents will be able to find out how their childs teacher has performed under the new Annual Professional Performance Review, but others wont be privy to that information under a change to the districts Evaluation of Personnel policy.
The revised policy notes that annual professional performance reviews of individual teachers and principals shall not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law.
Parents can ask for scores, but only for the teacher of their child. They cant ask for the rating of a teacher who has nothing to do with them, Policy Committee Chairman Ronald A. Faucher said.
Parents must also personally visit the district offices to request the score so that officials can verify that they are eligible to receive the information, Mr. Faucher said.
The district already had a policy regarding personnel evaluations in place, but needed to make the change in the paragraph that dealt with who could request a teachers rating, he said.
Teachers and principals will receive a single composite effectiveness score and final quality rating of highly effective, effective, developing or ineffective.
Twenty percent of the composite score is based on student growth on state assessments or other comparable measures of student growth, according to the policy.
Another 20 percent is based on locally selected measures of student growth or achievement that are determined to be rigorous and comparable across classrooms as defines by the commission, it says.
Sixty percent is based on other measures of teacher/principal effectiveness consistent with standards prescribed by the commission in regulation, the policy noted.
A teacher or principal must receive a composite effectiveness score of 91 to 100 to be considered highly effective, 75 to 90 to be considered effective, 65 to 74 to be considered developing or 0 to 64 to be considered ineffective.
For teachers or principals who are rated developing or ineffective, the district will develop and implement a teacher or principal improve plan. The policy notes that tenured teachers and principals with a pattern of ineffective teaching or performance - defined as two consecutive annual ineffective ratings - may be charged with incompetence and considered for termination through an expedited hearing process.
Under state education law, professional performance review data for teachers and principals must be disclosed on the SED website and in any other manner to make such data widely available to he public, according to the policy.
However, it notes, the release of aggregate data cant include personally identifiable information for any teacher or principal. Instead, visitors to the website will be able to find final quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores so they can research, analyze and compare APPR data for teachers and principals across the state.
That information will also be available locally, the policy says.
Upon request, the (Massena Central School) district will release to parents/legal guardians the final quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for teachers and principals to which their student is currently assigned. Parents may review and receive scores in person after, and only after, their identity has been verified, it reads.
The policy on Student Evaluation has also been updated to reflect three recent changes, Mr. Faucher said.
Among them, he said, is a change regarding placement of students. It now reflects that building principals, in addition to administrators, may have a say in student placement to a particular building, teacher and grade or special class.
In making such decisions, the administrator or building principal will be guided by performance in class, past records, parent/guardian and teacher recommendations, standardized test scores, and any other appropriate sources of information, according to the policy, but the final decision shall rest with the schools administration.
It also changes a sentence that formerly said parent requests for specific teachers shall not be honored. It now reads that requests may not be honored.
The policy update also notes that, when necessary, attempts will be made to provide interpreters for non-English speaking parents or guardians.