APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review, and it is the process by which teachers and principals are evaluated in New York state. The purpose of APPR is to empower educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers. APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and are negotiated with local unions. Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations, student test scores, and a variety of achievement and assessment measures – many of which are decided at the local level. Teachers and principals across New York ultimately receive a number grade every year, which equates to an effectiveness rating.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT APPR?
For more information on the federal Race to the Top education initiative and NYS Regents Reform agenda, please visit the following websites:
- Engage NY: http://www.engageny.org/
- Common Core Learning Standards: http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/standards-assessments/ccls.html
- Common Core State Standards Initiative: http://www.corestandards.org/
- Race to the Top:http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/