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Teacher Qualifications and Evaluations


APPR Plan

APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review. It is the process by which teachers and principals are evaluated in New York State. The intent of APPR is to assist educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers.

District APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and be negotiated with local unions. Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations and student performance. Teachers and principals across New York ultimately receive an overall effectiveness rating every year.

View the Waterville Central School District’s APPR Plan.

APPR Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Scores

Under APPR, teachers and principals receive a number grade every year, which translates to an effectiveness rating. The APPR process is governed by the state and aligns with New York State teaching and leadership standards, but each school district develops its own evaluation plan within those guidelines. Because of this, each district’s APPR plan is different, so APPR scores cannot be compared from district to district.

Request Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Scores

While APPR scores are not considered public information and are not FOILable, state leaders have agreed that teachers’ and principals’ composite APPR ratings may be released to parents or guardians upon request and verification of identity and only for their child’s current teachers and principal. Teachers will be notified by a district administrator which parents have requested their effectiveness score.

Contact the district office for more information.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the main education law for public schools in the United States. The law holds schools accountable for how students learn and achieve. ESSA aims to provide an equal opportunity for disadvantaged students, including those who get special education.

View more information about ESSA from the NY State Education department website.