APPR Planning

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APPR Plans

  • Web-based APPR Form using Review Room Aligned with §3012-c
     School districts will submit their completed APPR plans into the APPR Review Portal. The Department will review each school district's or BOCES' APPR plan to determine if it rigorously complies with Education Law Section 3012-c and Subpart 30-2 of the Rules of the Board of Regents. For the 2013-14 school year, a district wishing to make a material change to their approved APPR plan must submit the proposed material change to the Commissioner by March 1, 2014. For the 2014-15 school year, the statutory deadline for school districts and BOCES to adopt and submit their APPR plans for approval is July 1. If a district does not have an approved APPR plan by September 1, the most recently approved APPR plan will remain in effect. Only a complete APPR plan may be submitted. Please see Section C of the Guidance for more information.
  • APPR Training Modules
    By going through these 12 training modules, one for each Task within an APPR plan, our goal is to help you better understand the component pieces of the APPR plan for teachers and principals.
  • Task-by-Task Guidance
    The new Task-by-Task Guidance documents have been created to be used as a guide for the field, with guidance questions specifically tailored and organized for completing the Review Room process. The goal of the Task-by-Task documents is to make relevant guidance materials more accessible while districts and BOCES review and submit their APPR plans. It will also be a helpful supplement when reviewing the twelve training modules.
  • Approved APPR Plans
    NYSED will continue to post school districts’ APPR plans as they become approved.
  • Developing an Effective Evaluation System – May 1, 2012 (Video)
    During the recent 2012-2013 APPR Conference held in Albany, 200 educators heard a panel representing school districts from around New York State share reflections on their experience in developing a working APPR agreement for teachers and principals.  The panel brought together districts at various stages of development to discuss the thinking, collaboration, and district-wide culture being used to build an effective evaluation system. The school districts included those with experience with the School Improvement Grant (SIG) and the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Grant. An SLO Pilot District and a NYSUT Innovation District were also represented.

APPR Guidance

  • The Commissioner’s Regulations On Annual Professional Performance Review
  • Guidance on New York State’s Annual Professional Performance Review for Teachers and Principals to Implement Education Law 3012-c and the Commissioner’s Regulations
    The purpose of this guidance is to answer questions that educators, administrators, and community stakeholders may have about Education Law §3012-c and §100.2(o) and Subpart 30-2 of the Commissioner’s regulations for the school years 2012-13 and beyond.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about APPR
    This document includes recent frequently asked questions that the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness has received from the field about APPR. Each area is followed by citations to the statutory and/or regulatory requirement(s) as well as the relevant sections of APPR Guidance.
  • Guidance on the Approved Regulatory Amendments to APPR to Help Reduce Local Testing
    On February 11, 2014, the Board of Regents adopted emergency regulations to address concerns that have been raised by the field and by stakeholders to adjust and improve the implementation of the Common Core Standards and teacher/principal evaluation. The approved regulatory amendments to the APPR are intended to help districts and BOCES reduce local testing and ensure that the amount of testing should be the minimum necessary to inform effective decision-making.
  • Guidance on the Impact of the Department's Recently Approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Waiver
    On January 2, 2014, Commissioner King announced that the United States Department of Education (USDE) had approved New York State's request for a waiver from Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provisions that currently require students who take Regents exams in mathematics when they are enrolled in seventh or eighth grade to also take the State mathematics assessment for that grade. The waiver gives schools districts and BOCES the flexibility to end the "double-testing" of these students for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Assessments in APPR
    This school year represents the second full year of implementation. Just as with any process, taking the time to reflect on decisions made, lessons learned, and goals yet to be obtained can lead to a leveraged moment to refine and enhance the work. The Department has developed this webinar to encourage collaborative conversations about assessments within APPR at the local level. There are many ways for districts and BOCES to reduce the number of assessments they are using in their APPR plans, subject to collective bargaining decisions. Reflective conversations can help develop a shared vision for how to use this process to support high-quality professional development and ultimately improve student achievement.
  • Early Elementary Assessments
    For the purposes of APPR, there are no K-2 standardized tests administered or required by the State. Decisions about how to measure student progress in K-2 are made by local school districts and BOCES. Education Law §3012-c provides districts and BOCES with design flexibility and assessment options. This document is intended for districts and BOCES seeking opportunities to reduce and/or refine assessments used in early elementary grades and subjects. Districts and BOCES are encouraged to reflect upon decisions made within Grades K-2 to ensure testing is the minimum necessary for effective decision making at the classroom, school and district level. Effective March 2, 2014, the Department implemented the Regents action to eliminate traditional standardized assessments for use in K-2 from the list of state-approved assessments for use in APPR plans for the 2014-15 school year and beyond. The Department requires districts and BOCES and their respective collective bargaining units to identify ways other than traditional standardized assessments to assess learning progress for these very young students. There are a variety of ways in which a district or BOCES can design a meaningful and authentic assessment program that provides information to drive instructional decisions, ultimately leading to an increase in students' knowledge and skills. This document offers considerations and opportunities that draw upon performance-based assessment approaches used by a variety of districts and BOCES. The Department offers this resource to encourage districts to engage in collaborative conversations about assessment opportunities available at all levels, including the early elementary level. Please also see the Guidance on the Amendments to Reduce Local Testing for APPR Purposes.
  • Webinar: Tips to Address Common Errors
    This webinar is designed to provide helpful feedback to the field based on common issues we are seeing as districts/BOCES submit their APPR data for the October 16, 2015 deadline. Please note: Local level 1 data centers will require earlier due dates to allow sufficient time for processing. Several sample scenarios with illustrative data have been utilized to show appropriate steps in data submission.
  • Annual Professional Performance Review Data Submission and Certification Deadlines for the 2014-15 School Year
    This memorandum provides continuing information regarding several APPR data collection and reporting deadlines. A Frequently Asked Questions document has been created surrounding common questions about the data submission and the Statement of Confirmation of 2014-15 Staff Evaluation Rating Verification Report and has been included for your reference. Please note that this data submission and verification is required (1) in order for districts to be eligible for an increase in State aid for 2015-16 and (2) for districts/BOCES to submit a Hardship Waiver application between October 1-30, 2015, if applicable.
  • Guidance for Using the 2012 to 2013 Comparison Chart with APPR Plans
    For those districts or BOCES that have not already taken steps to ensure their APPR plans for the 2012-13 school year reflect their district or BOCES goals and expectations for student performance on the new, more rigorous State assessments, the Department is providing the “2012 to 2013 Comparison Chart” for establishing matching targets.
  • Guidance for Using the NYSESLAT 2012 to 2013 Comparison Chart with APPR Plans
    In Spring 2013, New York State administered the Phase I NYSESLAT for the first time. The Department recognizes that following the October 2012 memorandum on the two-phased change to the NYSESLAT, many districts and BOCES planned for the associated changes to the State assessment. For those districts or BOCES that have not already taken steps to ensure their APPR plans for the 2012-13 school year reflect their district or BOCES goals and expectations for student performance on the Phase I NYSESLAT, the Department is providing the “NYSESLAT 2012 to 2013 Comparison Chart” for establishing matching targets.
  • Guidance for Districts or BOCES Relying Upon Statewide Regents Results to Complete Evaluations in 2012-13
    This guidance question is applicable for those districts or BOCES with currently approved APPR plans that rely upon the comparison of district performance to statewide Regents results for the 2012-13 school year.
  • Guidance on HEDI Point Distribution Charts for APPR Plans
    This guidance question provides further information on what a district or BOCES should do if they do not have a 20-20-60 point distribution methodology included in their approved APPR plan.
  • Summary of Revised APPR Provisions 2012-13 – The “Purple Memo”
    On March 14, 2012, the Assembly and Senate passed the revised teacher and principal evaluation law proposed by the Governor (S.6732/A.9554). On March 27, 2012, the Governor signed the revised teacher and principal evaluation law as Chapter 21 of the Laws of 2012. At its March meeting, the Board of Regents adopted regulations to implement Education Law 3012-c, as amended by Chapter 21 of the Laws of 2012 (S.6732/A.9554), effective April 4, 2012. The “Purple Memo” provides a summary of the regulations adopted by the Board of Regents to implement Education Law 3012-c.
  • Mini-Packets: Annual Professional Performance Review
    Each APPR mini-packet combines the relevant information from the purple memo, guidance, and the road maps that pertains to each section of the APPR: State Growth Measures, Locally-Selected Measures, and 60 Point Other Measures.
  • Teacher and Principal Evaluation Road Maps: 2012-13
    The teacher and principal evaluation road maps are intended to help districts navigate the decisions that need to be made in order to implement the new APPR system. The road maps are a summary of the regulations adopted by the Board of Regents to implement Education Law 3012-c.
  • Professional Development | Turnkey Kit: Managing APPR: Communications Training for Superintendents and Principals
  • APPR Conference April 30 – May 1, 2012 Presentation
    NYSED hosted a conference about Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) on April 30 – May 1, 2012. The slides from the conference, with turnkey notes, are provided here.
  • APPR Conference April 30 – May 1, 2012 Case Study
    These documents include the hypothetical case referenced throughout the APPR conference presentation slides, along with the corresponding questions and answers that were used at the APPR conference on April 30 – May 1, 2012.


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