All Guilderland Central School District parents or legal guardians have the right to request Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s current year’s teacher(s) and principal(s).
- To obtain teacher scores, parents or legal guardians must complete a school-specific teacher score request form (see below) to schedule an appointment with the principal’s office in their child’s school to view the releasable information. Upon arrival, the parent or legal guardian must present valid identification to confirm his or her relationship to the student. Either a school building principal or instructional administrator will share the releasable information and provide a handout explaining the information in accordance with education law.
- To obtain principal scores, parents or legal guardians must complete the principal score request form (see below) to schedule an appointment with the superintendent’s office to view the releasable information. Upon arrival, the parent or legal guardian must present valid identification to confirm his or her relationship to the student. Either the superintendent of schools or an assistant superintendent will share the releasable information and provide a handout explaining the information in accordance with education law. Please note: The principal score request form is not school-specific; you may request ratings information for all of your child(ren)’s principals using the same request form.
Teachers and principals will be notified when parents request their scores but will not be told who made the request. An appeal of the APPR by the teacher or principal will delay providing this information until such time as the appeal is concluded.
All school districts in New York are required to adopt and submit to the state an APPR plan for teachers and school principals or risk losing a portion of their state aid. To access GCSD’s most recently approved APPR plan, please contact the district’s curriculum office 456-6200, ext. 3119.
Where did APPR come from?
The program driving the changes in New York’s schools is the federal Race to the Top initiative, a multi-billion dollar federal aid initiative to align curriculum, instruction, and student achievement, growth and performance. This new program – championed by President Obama and the U.S. Department of Education – is a three-pronged initiative that aims to improve the quality of instruction and, in turn, student performance statewide. The ultimate goal is have all students be college and career ready when they graduate from high school. The implementation of Race to the Top (RTTT) includes new ways to analyze student data to make classroom instruction more effective; more rigorous curriculum content, assessment and skills application with the implementation of the COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS and a variety of new state and local assessments; and, finally, new regulations governing the evaluation of teachers and school leaders.
Why are APPR plans important?
While all districts currently have teacher and principal evaluation plans in place, this new system is much more complicated – and, for the first time ever, a portion of the evaluation is tied to student performance on state exams. The new guidelines aim to enhance existing evaluation systems by providing more standardized, objective results, which can be used to better focus professional development. As a result of APPR and other aspects of RTTT, students will participate in more local “benchmark” assessments designed to track student progress in the classroom throughout the year. These new exams, administered for the first time during the 2012-13 school year, are designed to help teachers target content areas that may need further attention or students who need extra help.
Teachers, principals and other school administrators have the tremendous responsibility of designing and implementing APPR plans so they meet the new guidelines. This involves ongoing training, in some cases creating the new assessments, and working together to create student and building-wide learning targets/goals – all at the same time they are working to implement the other pieces of this new, complex federal education program. In short, APPR plans are changing the way teachers and administrators operate in more ways than one.