Districts submit teacher evaluation plans
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Island Park, which also has a 100-point scale, has a similar plan to Oceanside. Fifty points are based on teacher observations and 10 come from a teacher’s self-reflection. The district derives 20 points from local assessments based on the
NWEA test it administers. The rest of the points come from state standardized tests.
Though Island Park was one of the few districts to submit the plan on time, it’s initial proposition was rejected by the state.
“We got a call back [two weeks ago] that there were a couple of things that needed to be modified,” said Dr. Rosmarie Bovino, Island Park superintendent. “Some of our scales needed to be adjusted. So that’s what we’re working on.”
Bovino needed to meet with the teacher’s union to have it approve the changes to the plan, which were minimal. Bovine expected the plan to be approved by everyone in Island Park and resubmitted to New York State late last week.
With Island Park on the road to having it’s plan approved, both districts are in good shape for when the plans need to be implemented.
“It could take [the state] six weeks to approve it,” Brown said. “And if they make you change it, that could take more time. So if you’re going to get it in Christmas time, you might be cutting it too close to get it approved in time. Whether or not [the state] really take away state aid [as a penalty for not having an approved plan], we’ll wait and see.”