In 2000, in collaboration with educators, administrators and other educational partners, the Board of Regents developed and approved Section 100.2(o) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, governing the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) of teachers. The regulation required school districts/BOCES to conduct annual evaluations of probationary and tenured teachers providing instructional services or pupil personnel services.

In 2010, legislation was enacted (Chapter 103 of the Laws of 2010), adding Section 3012-c of Education Law, prescribing changes to the annual performance evaluation of all teachers. The requirement does not apply to teaching assistants, teacher aides or pupil personnel titles

The new requirements do not take effect until the new APPR plan is collectively bargained in each local. Under the law, school districts and BOCES are required to conduct an annual professional performance review on each teacher, resulting in a single composite effectiveness score and a rating of "highly effective," "effective," "developing," or "ineffective."

The composite scores will be determined as follows:

  • 20 percent: Student growth on state assessments or a comparable measure of student growth (increased to 25 percent upon implementation of a value-added growth model).
  • 20 percent: Other locally selected measures of student achievement that are determined to be rigorous and comparable across classrooms (decreased to 15 percent upon implementation of a value-added growth model).
  • 60 percent: Other measures of teacher effectiveness.

The APPR must also include:

  • Teacher Improvement Plans (TIP) for developing and ineffective teachers;
  • Training for evaluators;
  • Appeals process for evaluations; and
  • Expedited discipline process when teacher receives two consecutive annual ineffective ratings.

If you would like to view the APPR Plans currently in place in our district, click on either of the links below. Note you will need a PDF reader to view these documents.