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Annual Professional Performance Review

Information for families on APPR and the score release process

 
"We promote excellence through high expectations and evolving standards for students, staff, parents and community. The challenge is to reach one’s personal best while respecting each person’s individuality."
  • from the Glens Falls City School District mission statement
 

Like school districts across the state, Glens Falls City School District is using an evaluation procedure frequently referred to as “APPR,” which stands for “annual professional performance review.” These evaluations are now required for all teachers and principals in New York State’s public school districts.

Glens Falls has always provided professional development, set specific goals, and evaluated faculty on a regular basis to ensure the district is providing a quality educational environment for students. What’s different about the new APPR process is that now:

  • The APPR process is governed by the New York State Education Department to align with statewide teaching and leadership standards—and each APPR plan requires annual state approval after school districts and faculty associations jointly develop an evaluation plan within those guidelines.
  • Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations, student test scores, and a variety of achievement and assessment measures.
  • Every district’s evaluation plan must follow strict rules set by the state and, for the first time ever, a portion of teacher evaluation is tied directly to student performance on state exams or other state-approved learning measures.
  • Teachers and principals get a number grade every year, which translates to an effectiveness rating (Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, or Ineffective—categories sometimes referred to as the “HEDI” scale).
  • Parents and guardians of students may request the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for each of their child’s current teachers and principal.

To read Glens Falls’ APPR plan in its entirety, click HERE. For a deeper look into the academic content we use at every grade level, see the curriculum maps available HERE. To learn more about the state’s new Common Core Learning Standards and find out how you can support these new approaches to learning at home, see the resources on ENGAGENY.ORG HERE.

APPR Rating and Score release process

Although you may have seen news stories that show the statewide aggregate distribution of educators’ composite ratings on the HEDI scale, APPR scores are not considered public information. Parents and guardians can, however, obtain the APPR quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s current teachers and principal once the scores are officially available, in accordance with state law. Please note that the law does not allow the release of any additional information about the individual teacher/principal beyond the final rating and composite score.

To request this information on your child’s educators, please follow the process as described below:

1) REQUEST FORM: The parent/guardian completes the form: “Parent/Guardian APPR Score Request Form,” and brings it—along with photo identification—to the main office of the child’s school. The parent/guardian’s photo ID will be copied onto the request form, and the form will be submitted for approval. No oral requests for APPR information will be honored, and parents/guardians should not expect to receive the information on the same day their written request is submitted.

2) VERIFICATION: The district will verify that the information being requested is within the law. (Request must be made by a parent or guardian for a student in the current class or building of the teacher(s)/principal.) The requesting parent/guardian will be notified once their request has been verified and approved, and an appointment with the administrator will be arranged.

3) FACE-TO-FACE MEETING: At the meeting between the administrator and parent/guardian, the educator’s HEDI rating and composite score will be provided verbally. The parent/guardian will receive a copy of THIS EXPLANATION regarding the rating and score to best understand them in the context of teacher evaluation and student performance. Please note that the law does not allow the release of any additional information about the individual teacher/principal beyond the final rating and composite score.

Once the meeting is complete, the teacher or principal will be notified that his/her score was given out. Please note that a teacher or principal may appeal their final rating and composite score. This will impact the timing of when such information can be provided to a parent/guardian since, if an appeal is filed, the rating and composite score for that educator will not be available until that appeals process has concluded.

Requests for students to be placed with specific teachers will not be honored, in accordance with the district’s board-approved policy regarding student placement (which can be read HERE.)

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Paul Jenkins, Superintendent of Schools at 792-1212.

 

APPR ARCHIVE MATERIALS

Archive materials relating to APPR plans can be found HERE.