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Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

what is appr?

APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review. It is the process by which teachers and principals are now evaluated in New York State.

The purpose of APPR is to empower educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students' performance and readiness for colleges and careers. APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and are negotiated with local employee labor unions.

APPR update

Within the past five years, the APPR system has been subject to numerous revisions to meet requirements of the federal Race to the Top education reform initiative. Last spring, lawmakers approved a new education reform package as part of the 2015-16 New York State budget that again requires school districts to make changes to existing APPR plans. Districts are expected to submit new evaluation plans for teachers and building principals and secure approval for these plans from the NYS Education Department by Nov. 15, 2015 or risk receiving scheduled state aid increases for the current school year and subsequent years until a new plan is in place.

The Watervliet City School District is one of many Capital Region school districts that have submitted requests for a hardship waiver to NYSED asking for an extension of the deadline without penalty of losing state aid. If granted the waiver, Watervliet will continue to implement its current APPR plan until a new one is agreed to by district leadership and the local bargaining unit.

APPR Notice to Receive Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Ratings

 

New APPR Rules Allow Parents/Guardians Access to Teacher and Principal HEDI Ratings

School districts throughout New York State have spent a good portion of the past two years grappling with the practical and legal implications of the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) regulations. This year is the first time the APPR disclosure requirements of Education Law ยง3012-c (10) will be implemented. The Watervliet City School District plans to adhere to the law in a way that is fair to teachers, principals and parents.

Some of the district’s primary obligations under the law are to:

bullet graphic“Fully disclose and release to the parents and/or legal guardians of a student the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for each of the teachers and for the principal of the school building to which the student is assigned for the current school year upon the request of such parents and legal guardians.”

bullet graphicProvide “an oral or written explanation of the composite effectiveness scoring ranges for final quality ratings.”

bullet graphicMake “reasonable efforts… to verify that any such request is a bona fide request by a parent or guardian.”

While portions of the law may still face challenges in court, the district will work to fulfill its legal obligations unless instructed otherwise by the New York State Education Department.

Disclosure of APPR Data

Teacher APPR information – consisting of the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score – is not considered public information. By law, this individual information may only be released to parents/guardians and only for their children’s assigned teachers in a current school year. It is not subject to the Freedom of Information Law or FOIL requests, a process that reporters and other individuals can use to access public records.

While the Commissioner of Education is required to release statewide APPR data, teachers’ personally identifying information cannot and will not be released to the public by the district or the commissioner. This does not preclude a parent/ guardian from sharing information publicly. The Watervliet City School District will support its teachers throughout this process and work to educate the public about the challenges and facts of APPR.

It is important for Watervliet City School District parents to understand that the evaluation system will not change current practices for assigning students to teachers. Watervliet City School District teachers have always held themselves to a high standard and we are very proud of the outstanding work they do each and every day.

Upon request, the District will release to parents/legal guardians the final quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for teachers and principals to which their student is currently assigned. All requests must be made to the building principals by the parent/legal guardian in writing. The District's obligation to disclose this information is limited to those teachers and building principals subject to Education Law 3012-c.

Procedure for Parent Request of Composite Score (Watervliet City School District Board of Education Policy)

The following is the procedure for parent and legal guardian requests for effectiveness scores:

bullet graphicA parent may request his child’s current teacher’s composite score from the previous school year beginning October 15. In the case of courses that change by marking period or semester, the request cannot be made until the child is in that teacher’s class.

bullet graphicThe request must be made in person, in writing, on the district's TEACHER/PRINCIPAL COMPOSITE SCORE REQUEST FORM (PDF). A separate form must be filled out for each score requested.

bullet graphicAt the time the request is brought to the main office, a clerical person will check the identification of the person making the request, and verify the legal guardianship of that person. An attempt will be made to schedule the appointment within seven working days of the submission of the request with the appropriate building/district administrator.

bullet graphic During the meeting with the parent/guardian, the administrator will provide the composite score orally to the parent.

The school district will not honor requests from parents/legal guardians or students to change the student’s assigned teacher(s) and/or building because of a teacher or administrator’s APPR score.

Procedure for Parent Request of Composite Score of a Principal

bullet graphicA parent may request his child’s current principal’s composite score from the previous school year beginning October 15.

bullet graphicThe request must be made in person, in writing, on the district’s TEACHER/PRINCIPAL COMPOSITE SCORE REQUEST FORM (PDF) and brought to the district office. A separate form must be filled out for each score requested.

bullet graphicAt the time the request is brought to the district office, a clerical person will check the identification of the person making the request and verify the legal guardianship of that person. An attempt will be made to schedule an appointment to receive the scores within seven working days of the submission of the request.

bullet graphicDuring the meeting with the parent/guardian, the administrator will provide the composite score orally to the parent.

Supporting teachers and principals

The Watervliet City School District is committed to supporting the development of effective teachers and administrators. To this end, the district shall provide procedures for the evaluation of all professional staff. District plans for Annual Professional Performance Review of teachers and principals shall be developed in accordance with applicable laws, Commissioner's Regulations, and Rules of the Board of Regents.

The purposes of these evaluations are:

bullet graphicTo encourage and promote improved performance;

bullet graphicTo guide professional development efforts; and

bullet graphicTo provide a basis for evaluative judgments by applicable school officials.

Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

The details of the evaluation process are determined locally by districts, but all K-12 teachers and principals in the state are evaluated in three areas: classroom/leadership observations and evidence, student growth, and student achievement.

Every K-12 teacher and principal in New York State receives a HEDI Rating - Highly Effective, Effective, Developing or Ineffective - calculated based on a 100-point possible overall score.

More information about APPR is available under the Quick Links section at the top right corner of this web page. If you have questions regarding APPR or the procedures for requesting teacher or principal effectiveness scores, call your child's building principal or contact the district’s curriculum office at 629-3231.