Office of Accountability

Roles/Responsibilities of the On-Site Reviewers

The Team Lead Reviewer has the major responsibility for conducting the on-site review.  Specific duties include:

  • Collaborate with the NYSED Convener who will arrange all aspects of the SQR Focused and Comprehensive on-site reviews.
  • Review the school’s mission, vision, goals and strategies to help the team determine whether the school is accomplishing its stated purposes.
  • Observe teaching and learning in classrooms, as, well as other aspects of the school  (all six categories in the Quality Indicators document, i.e. Facilities and Resources such as laboratories, workshops, gymnasiums, libraries, and other places where teaching and learning occur).
  • Conduct daily discussions with the review team members to ensure that the review is proceeding without difficulty.
  • Pursue follow-up responses and/or questions generated from team members.
  • Work with the team to develop the collective perspective.
  • Communicate the collective perspective to the principal and the staff.
  • Work with the entire review team to complete the preliminary written report.
  • Interview district-level administrators and supervisory personnel.
  • Lead the team in the presentation of the oral (preliminary) report as scheduled with the administrators and faculty, respectively.

The Convener is responsible for managing the review.  This individual will be either an employee of the State Education Department or other designated representative, and is often the first member of a review team to be identified.  The convener’s duties include, but are not limited to, most of the planning and logistics that make a School Quality Review possible.  Specific duties include:

  • Work in collaboration with the building administrator to arrange for all the necessary details of the review within the school:  reviewers’ lunches, photocopying, scheduling classroom visits, school nurse, guidance counselor, school psychologist, custodial staff, cafeteria staff and others as appropriate; scheduling meetings with various groups and organizations involved in the operation of the school (e.g., PTA, parent volunteer groups, educational partners representing business or higher education, etc.).
  • Email School Quality Indicators to team members in advance.
  • In addition to the planning and logistical tasks, the convener may participate as a member of the review team, conducting classroom visits, shadowing a student (if possible), conducting interviews and helping the team develop a collective perspective.

Team Reviewers comprise the majority of members on a School Quality Review team.  These individuals will be current or former teachers, subject area supervisors, teacher educators, State Education Department employees or other designated representatives. Their responsibilities include:

  • fulfilling assignments from Lead Reviewer
  • observing teaching and learning in classrooms, laboratories, workshops, gymnasiums, libraries, and other places where teaching and learning occur
  • completing written observation notes for all classroom visits
  • interviewing teachers, school support staff including secretaries, teacher aides, parents, as assigned, and completing interview notes
  • reviewing documentation and other relevant materials as assigned.
  • participating in daily team meetings to develop and communicate the collective perspective
  • contributing to, reviewing and editing the final written report.


Last Updated: December 1, 2010