School districts in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties are working with Questar III BOCES on a regional approach to implementing APPR and other Race to the Top initiatives. This not only helps districts share the cost, but it also allows us to share best practices.
For more information on Teacher / Leader Effectiveness, please visit http://engageny.org/effective-practice or contact our School Improvement Office at 518-477-8771.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)?
The Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) is an evaluation of a teacher’s or principal’s practice. A teacher’s practice must reflect the New York State teaching standards. A principal’s practice must reflect the standards for school leaders. Teacher and principal evaluations include student achievement and growth data.
Creating a statewide evaluation system linked to student performance was mandated by a law (Education Law section 3012-c) passed as part of New York’s successful Race to the Top (RTTT) application.
This is one of a number of statewide initiatives to improve student performance and assure that all students graduate from high school both college and career ready. Other initiatives include New York’s participation in the Common Core Standards, adoption of new teaching standards, and application of leadership standards for principals.
State Growth Component – 20%
Locally Selected Measure Component – 20%
Multiple Measures Component – 60%
The 20-percent locally selected measure refers to a score calculated based on locally- selected tests for particular content areas and grades. Eventually this component will decrease to 15 percent of the teacher and principal evaluations.
Sixty percent of the score is based on multiple measures. For example, teachers will be observed using a state approved rubric at least twice during a school year – one of the observations will be unannounced. This component may also include a structured review of artifacts such as lesson plans and student work samples. A district that chooses to include a structured review of artifacts will review them with a New York State approved rubric selected by the district.
Will teachers and principals receive report cards or grades?
Teachers and principals will receive a single score between 0-100 each year. Each number rating is related to one of the following ratings:
Highly Effective: 91-100
What happens if a teacher or principal scores poorly?
If a teacher or principal receives a final rating of “developing” or “ineffective,” he/she will receive a teacher improvement plan or a principal improvement plan.
Does the APPR evaluation determine employment status, compensation, training?
Yes. APPR will be a significant factor in employment decisions such as promotion, retention, tenure determination, termination, and supplemental compensation, as well as a significant factor in teacher and principal professional development.
Tenured teachers and principals with a pattern of ineffective teaching or performance – defined by law as two consecutive annual “ineffective” ratings – may be charged with incompetence and considered for termination through an expedited hearing process.
Can I obtain the rating of my child’s teacher or principal?
Yes. Per the Governor's Program Bill #48, parents may request the overall quality rating of their teacher or principal directly from the school.
Teachers are evaluated by their principal or supervisor. Similarly, principals are evaluated by their supervisor or the superintendent. The law requires that evaluations be conducted by trained Lead Evaluators.