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Briarcliff School Board OK With State Performance Review Rules

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Briarcliff Manor school board heard a presentation on the district’s new state-mandated teacher and principal evaluation process Monday, and board members said they are willing to give the process a chance this year.

Carol Ross, the district's director of instructional services, gave a presentation Monday night during the board’s work session on the Annual Professional Performance Review regulations set by the state. The presentation outlined several tasks the district would need to accomplish with the new regulations.

The system’s evaluation process uses a professional practice rubric to make up 60 percent of a teacher’s or principal’s score. A local measure will make up 20 percent of the score, and the remaining 20 percent is assigned by the state reflecting student growth through state testing, according to the Briarcliff school district.

Board Vice President Jennifer Rosen said she would like to continue to evaluate the process in future years.

“I think it’s a good thing for the district,” Rosen said. “The administrators, teachers and community members think this is something that benefits all. This is not just evaluating teachers and calling it a day. There are improvement plans that are necessary. It’s a continuous improvement at all levels.”

Rosen added that she would like to re-evaluate the process next year.

“I think the way the guidelines are written now, I’m willing to wait and see how they work,” she said Tuesday. “This is a very new process and I would like to see how this particular process pans out. The agreement is only for this fiscal year, and they will be renegotiated after this year. I would like to try it and see what works and see what needs improvement for next year.”

Board member Jonathan Satran agreed that the process was necessary for the district.

“I think with anything new at a school, you need to stay on top of monitoring it,” Satran said Tuesday. “This combines three different tools for evaluating teachers and how they interact with students. It allows for valuable interaction and opportunities for improvement.”

Satran said he was impressed with the way the district representatives came together.

“I think it’s been very well received by all parties at this point,” he said. “I think there was a lot of collaboration in this process and I think that’s been a very good thing.”

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