At least some folks who want to work in CPS are finding that "red zone" results on their TeacherFit exams are still posing a problem -- even though the program was rolled back into a merely discretionary indicator for principals to consider. Check out the tale of woe told below by a social worker who was told (in error) take the test and has since struggled to get hired because of her red zone results. How's it working out at your school, or in your job search? Am also seeking comment or clarification from CPS.
I really need some help and am not sure where to turn because Human Capital at CPS is not really addressing my concerns. I am a social worker (LCSW) applying for a school social work position with CPS. I did my internship at CPS in 2002. I am not a teacher, and never went to school to be a teacher. I had to take the Teacherfit survey and could not understand why licensed/certified non-teachers had to take it. When the new application rolled over June 1st with the Teacherfit survey I called Human Capital and asked them whether I needed to fill out the "teacher" or "non-teacher" application. I was told to complete the "teacher" application because licensed/certified jobs fell under the teacher category. I was told that Teacherfit would need to be submitted w the application otherwise it would not be complete. Then I got the mass email that I couldnt apply for jobs b/c of my Teacherfit survey responses. The following day I called and the woman in Human Capital said to ignore the email but to send a reply message stating that I am a social worker, b/c Human Capital hadn't worked out the kinks in the system yet to recognize teachers from other professionals (in so many words).I sent Human Capital an email that I was not a teacher and never rec'd a response. Then I got the 2nd mass email a couple weeks ago that principals would be able to hire and that I could still apply for jobs. I sent another email stating I was a social worker and never got a response after requesting one.
Today, I called and was told a whole different story, that because I completed the Teacherfit survey it was on my application and had scored in the Red zone. Principals can still see my Red score, even though it notes "highly recommended" for my essay questions. I spoke with AJ in Human Capital who told me that I should send another email with his name on it so that he could forward it to the head of Human Capital stating my concerns.This is a huge concern. Of the several thousand applicants who scored red or yellow may not have been just teachers. It includes, speech pathologists, psychologists, counselors, occupational therapists, etc. Would it be fair for a teacher to take a "social workerfit" or "psychologistfit" survey? No way!
The questions on the Teacherfit mainly applied to teachers. It had classroom type questions on it. I am not trained to teach a classroom of 30 kids. There was a question that asked what to do in a classroom situation and I answered as a social worker would respond. That would be completely different from that of a teacher. How is it fair for CPS to post my score on my application? Principals have access to this and I have not gotten a single call on my application. I am trained in communication and teamwork-I have no idea where I went wrong on this survey, but something is very flawed if someone trained in communication cannot pass it.I just sent AJ the email with my concerns and asked to send it to the head of Human Capital, but I am not expecting an immediate response. For a couple of weeks, during the time I was under the impression the survey didn't apply to me, I had a big "do not hire" on my application.
I do not know if anyone tried to access my application during that time, but if they did I was possibly out a job interview.I am not sure what to do, but think this is really serious that Teacherfit is being used to evaluate certified non-teachers and that our scores are being posted.The survey is completely ridiculous and will not be able to evaluate my competencies as a social worker.