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New York City Department of Education Local Measures Project

In 2010, New York State passed Education Law §3012-c requiring that all school districts in the state implement a new evaluation system for teachers. In New York City, 20 percent of a teacher’s evaluation is now based upon local measures of student learning, to be determined by local educators and subject to State Education Department review.

The Local Measures project supported local educator design teams as they develop tools and processes that would lead to a set of local measures of student learning. These measures included performance assessments, common rubric methods, and common tasks. The project was funded by the New York City Department of Education.

SCALE supported the Local Measures project through targeted professional development and expert guidance. SCALE subject-matter specialists worked with NYC design team teachers throughout the 2012-13 school year to increase their capacity to develop and implement common-core aligned performance tasks and high quality assessments.

Key Deliverables:

  • Exemplar performance tasks in English/language arts, history, and science aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Performance task templates and scoring rubrics developed by SCALE in collaboration with NYC teachers
  • SCALE performance tasks populate NYC Department of Education task bank
  • A publication detailing the NYC local measures design team process is scheduled to be released in spring 2014