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.
All parents/guardians will have the right to obtain the APPR quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s current teacher(s) and principal(s) once the scores are officially available in accordance with state law.
STEP 1: Parent/guardian must complete the “Request for teacher overall composite score and effectiveness rating” and/or the “Request for principal overall composite score and effectiveness rating”.
STEP 2: Forms for teacher scores should be returned to the student’s school building administrator by mail or in person. Forms for principal scores should be returned to the superintendent’s office by mail or in person (CMS, 7 Bevan Street, third floor).
STEP 3: The administrator 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.)
STEP 4: A representative from the school office will call you to set up an appointment where you will receive the score. PLEASE REMEMBER to bring photo identification to the appointment so the district can verify your identity.
STEP 5: Once the meeting is complete, the teacher or principal will be notified that their score was given out.