What is an APPR?
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.