New York City’s recently updated tenure expectations require ratings of effectiveness in three domains. Though these thoughts are based on New York’s framework for granting tenure, the fact is they apply to anyone who seeks to be an effective teacher.
Impact on Student Learning – in NYC, the expectation is that teachers are able to show evidence of student gains on NY State standards. However, it is important to impact student learning in all subjects with a variety of measures – not just standardized tests. Baseline and post-assessments, reading levels, and writing samples all can be evidence of an impact on student learning.
Instructional Practice – This domain takes into account observations and the reports that come from them, unit and lesson planning, commitment to improvement and the way all of these facets create an impact on student learning.
Professional Contributions – The ways in which you collaborate with colleagues, interact with school staff and families, and how you enhance the school. Of course, these contributions should have a link to student learning wherever possible.
Though the tenure-granting process is stricter in NYC than it has probably ever been, I believe that what my principal says is true: It will make us better teachers.