F-M teachers at an in-service. - click for larger image
F-M teachers at an in-service.


Annual Professional Performance Review- An F-M Overview

In 2009 President Obama offered grant funds through a program called “Race to the Top” to states that overhauled their teacher evaluation system to include student achievement in those evaluations. New York State applied for the grant and received $700,000,000 to distribute among the school districts. This created a demand for all schools, even though they had evaluation procedures already in place, to negotiate new evaluations under very strict guidelines that complied with Chapter 103 of the Laws of 2010. These evaluations are called APPR – Annual Professional Performance Review.


Teachers began receiving a rating (from 0-100) based on the following areas:

  • State Assessments: 20 points
  • Locally selected measures of student achievement: 20 points
  • Other measures of teacher effectiveness: 60 points


The law required that a district’s APPR plan be mutually developed with the teachers association and include details regarding these three sections. All plans were required to be submitted to the State Education Department and approved by them. If they were not approved, they were to be resubmitted until the State Education Department accepted them. Our plan was submitted in 2010 for 4-8 teachers and the following year for the rest of the district. Upon submission, it was approved with no need for changes.


Throughout this process both the District and the Teachers’ Association created an advisory committee. The Association asked that one person from each building become an APPR expert for their group and be the liaison between the teachers and the Association President, the negotiator representing them. 


The role of this group is to be knowledgeable of any changes related to APPR, be an advisory committee to the President, get feedback from teachers and help to create any requested or suggested changes that the membership is interested in pursuing. If changes are requested, the entire document must be resubmitted and reviewed.


The complete APPR plan can be found below and on the District Share folder. This section also includes the NYSUT Rubric; the mutually agreed upon rubric for the 60 pt. Multiple Measures section, a placemat of abbreviated rubric expectations, and the Mini-Observation form used for walk-through assessments.


If changes are made to our APPR plan at any time, this section of our Professional Development website will be updated. 


























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