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Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

APPR: An overview of New York’s teacher/principal evaluation system

APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review, and it is the process by which teachers and principals are 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 unions.

Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations, student test scores, and a variety of achievement and assessment measures – many of which are decided at the local level. Teachers and principals across New York ultimately receive a number grade every year, which equates to an effectiveness rating.

Q. Who may request Teacher & Principal Effectiveness Ratings?

bullet graphicNew York State Education Law requires each classroom teacher and school principal to receive an annual professional performance review (APPR) that results in a composite effectiveness score and rating. All parents/guardians have the right to obtain the APPR quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s current teacher(s) and principal(s) once they are available. To initiate this request, please contact Kirsten DeMento, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Call 518-629-3231 or email kdemento@vlietschools.org


For additional information about the district's APPR plan, call the district’s curriculum office at (518) 629-3231, or contact your child’s school principal.


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APPR Document & Resources


WCSD's APPR plan

View the district's APPR Plan (PDF)


New York State Education Department

Visit NYSED website


New York State Next Generation Learning Standards

View the NYS Learning Standards