Just like students, teachers and principals across New York State will now be
given a single composite effectiveness score and a rating of "highly effective,"
"effective," "developing," or "ineffective." The new Annual Professional Performance Review, or APPR, is a
state-governed process that determines the standards for these ratings and the process for assessing
teachers' and leaders' effectiveness.
This is not the first time our teachers and principals have been evaluated, but under the
new APPR, district evaluation plans must adhere to more rigid rules set by the state. Under
the new regulations, plans must be submitted to and approved by the NYS Education Department
(SED) and, for the first time ever, a portion of the teacher evaluation is directly tied to
student performance on state exams or other state-approved learning measures.