I think that Peter Greene (see below) has a point that needs to be addressed in New York City by the Department of Education VIPs - the attorneys, mayor, Commissioner, and all others - who have put into place a fraudulent teacher discipline procedure that punishes teachers who receive "developing" or "ineffective" ratings on their formal and/or informal observations.
I have posted my opinion on this blog many times on the way principals, assistant principals, and evaluators (remember PIP+?) rate teachers on observation reports and then charge them with 3020-a and pursue their termination. I have collected most of the decisions made at 3020-a since 2007, and I have found that most arbitrators agree with the assessment/rating given by the school administrators. The ratings are taken as evidence and fact, not opinions. I think this needs to be changed: arbitrators must stop finding ratings credible without looking behind the numbers and at all circumstances in the storyline.
At 3020-a, we at Advocatz always go into the backstory of evaluators - who paid them, is there any animosity between the administrators at the school and the teacher, etc. The evaluator is there to create a paper trail of incompetence for the administrator and must agree with whatever the principal wants the evaluator to write. Teachers/staff often tell me that the evaluator may say "Well done!" at the end of a lesson but never put that in writing or put something completely different in the actual observation report. Often, the evaluator knows that if he/she puts his/her honest opinion in the report (i.e., that the teacher is terrific), then he/she may be fired - it's the evaluator's job at stake or yours. You, the teacher, won't win.
And then along came Charlotte Danielson and her teaching rubric, which was erroneously used as a benchmark for rating teachers, and failed miserably to point to any standard of good teaching, only the whim of an evaluator who wanted a teacher fired. Evidently, Ms. Danielson herself was not happy with the way her rubric is used in New York City.
The problem is, the NYC Department of Education will not admit to any wrongdoing, and never allows anyone to suggest changes in the way their business is done.
Nonetheless, what needs to be done