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New Annual Professional Performance Reviews begin for Teachers and Principals

CLICK HERE for a fact sheet about the basics of the new APPRs (PDF)

Monticello CSD’s APPR Plans Approved by NY State

Plans lay out teacher and administrator performance evaluations

December 18, 2012

The Monticello Central School District Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans for teachers and administrators have been officially approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The approval satisfies a requirement of the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) education initiative and makes Monticello eligible to receive its allotted education aid. All school districts in New York must have their APPRs approved by NYSED by January 17, 2013 or risk losing funding. APPR

The approval is the result of months of collaborative talks between Monticello officials, the Monticello Teachers Association (MTA) and the Monticello Administrators and Supervisors Association (MASA).

“I am grateful to have such a wonderful team of professionals in this district,” said Superintendent of Schools Daniel A. Teplesky. “During the process of refining the APPRs, no one ever lost sight of our common goal: to provide the best educational opportunities possible for our students, and the best professional growth model for our teachers.”

The new APPRs create high expectations for teachers and administrators, yet at the same time provide flexibility to meet the diverse needs of students and staff. Student performance on local and state exams will factor into a teacher’s evaluation. Other factors include growth in student work and assessment of classroom skills through observations by a trained evaluator.

Administrator evaluations will consider factors like assessment growth toward determined goals and assessment of leadership and management. Evaluation scores will now categorize teachers and administrators into one of four categories: highly effective, effective, developing or ineffective.

Monticello submitted its APPRs to NYSED after their adoption by the Board of Education at its November 15 meeting. VIEW APPRs

CLICK HERE to view the APPR approval letter from NY State Commissioner of Education John King.

Photo: from left, Monticello Schools Superintendent Daniel Teplesky, teacher effectiveness guru and author Kim Marshall and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Tammy Mangus at a recent professional development seminar for staff members. Monticello Schools is utilizing the Kim Marshall evaluation rubrics in its newly adopted APPRs for teachers and administrators. For more about Kim Marshall, visit www.marshallmemo.com or www.nlns.org.

APPR: Annual Professional Performance Review

New York's new teacher and principal evaluation system

August 28, 2012

The state’s new evaluation system for educators is receiving a lot of media coverage. Below is some general background information about the new legislation.APPR

Q: What is the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Plan?

A: The new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) legislation in New York requires school districts and BOCES to develop and implement evaluation plans for both teachers and principals. This new evaluation system, which takes into account student performance and growth on standardized tests, was adopted as part of the state’s application to receive federal Race to the Top funds.

Q: Why is APPR necessary? Weren’t educators evaluated in the past?

A: In the broadest sense, APPR was developed to improve the state’s educational system and support the professional growth of educators in the state, thus leading to better student achievement. A successful evaluation tool should provide timely feedback, opportunities to acknowledge educators’ strengths and weaknesses and opportunities to improve. School districts have historically developed their own systems to evaluate staff members, resulting in a wide variety of evaluation plans. The APPR legislation provides a more uniform framework to evaluate teachers and principals, while also allowing districts to customize some areas of review.

Q: What are some of the uniform elements that must be included in APPR plans in New York?

A: The APPR system in New York rates teachers and principals as “highly effective,” “effective,” “developing” or “ineffective” based on a 100-point scale. Educators in the bottom two categories will be required to participate in improvement plans. If they are rated as “ineffective” for two years in a row, they can face dismissal.

In calculating the evaluation totals, 20 points are based on student progress on state exams, 20 points are based on a pupil performance on a locally developed measure (which must be approved by the state) and the final 60 points are based on classroom observations and other measures, which can include student work and feedback from students and parents. Each district will negotiate with union members to specify the “other measures;” this feature allows educators to choose some of the evaluation elements they feel are priorities in their districts.

Q: What other tools are used to determine if students need extra instruction?Monticello graduates

A: The staff also uses report cards, classroom work samples and or portfolios, state and local tests, observation checklists, behavioral logs and attendance data.

Q: Are there any other common requirements?

A: Yes. Under the new APPR system, teachers must be observed at least two times per year, including one announced and one unannounced observation. Each teacher evaluation must include a pre-conference, classroom observation and a post-conference. Principals must be evaluated at least once a year and that evaluation must include a site visit by a supervisor.

Q: What is the timeline for implementing the new evaluation system in New York’s schools?

A: During the 2011-12 school year, schools were required to use the new evaluation system for fourth- through eighth-grade classroom teachers who teach English and math. Principals and librarians of schools covering those grades must also be evaluated under the new evaluation system. The APPR system is supposed to be implemented for all other educators during the 2012-13 school year.

NYSED list of Model APPR Plans

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has provided model Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans that include several interesting components and offer approvable options for other districts to consider in their own plans. MORE

More information about NY’s APPR legislation

SED Releases 10 Model Evaluation Plans; Provides Feedback to Over 100 Districts (8/22/12 - NYSED)

New York State Education Department: General overview