Leading APPR

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Resources for Leading APPR in Your School, District, or Region

Guidance on New York’s Annual Professional Performance Review Law and 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.

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 APPRs 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.

Overview of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
The Overview of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) provides readers with an explanation of SLOs and the integral role they play in the New York State Teacher and Principal Evaluation system. Critical points of local decision-making are briefly explored through hypothetical classroom contexts.
(For additional SLO resources, please visit our SLO page)

Letter from Commissioner King about 2012-2013 Growth Scores

Video: Growth Scores Explained
This animated video provides a simplified explanation of how New York State calculates student growth based on state tests for 2012-13 by looking at student performance from one year to the next, and by comparing the change in a student’s performance to that of other students in the state with similar academic history and similar characteristics.

Professional Development Turnkey Kit: Leading APPR: Communications Training for Superintendents and Principals
This kit contains materials to support school, district, and regional administrators to effectively lead and manage the APPR efforts, such as:

  • Customizable PowerPoint presentation and accompanying facilitator’s guide on: the rationale for teacher evaluation in New York State, an overview of APPR, and how teachers are evaluated under the district’s APPR plan
  • PowerPoint presentation- Managing APPR: Communicating Leveraging Your Evaluation System
  • Protocol for sharing APPR results with your teachers
  • Additional resources such as the Evidence Collection Tools and Observation Tracker to help systematize classroom observation and feedback cycles

APPR Planning and Design Resources
These materials include new and updated resources from the summer of 2013 to help leaders reflect on decisions made in the past and steps to take in the future to continuously push for refinements of your systems.

Recorded Webinar: Teacher Effectiveness Research
This webinar provides an overview of the current research confirming that teacher effectiveness influences student achievement and life outcomes, and that teacher effectiveness is measurable. New York State adopted many of the most promising practices in measuring teacher effectiveness recommended by education researchers. This webinar may be shared with teachers and families to build greater confidence and trust in New York State’s teacher evaluation system.