In school year 2013-14, the NYCDOE completely redesigned its approach to teacher development and evaluation.
The Advance teacher development and evaluation system draws upon multiple measures (e.g. teacher practice as observed in the classroom, and student learning as demonstrated on certain tests). It provides teachers with specific feedback across four ratings categories, rather than simply providing teachers with a "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory" rating, as they received in the past.
Advance helps teachers set goals for themselves and measure their progress over the course of the year. It also ensures that teachers receive meaningful feedback and support from principals, who are partners in their professional growth.