APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review, and it is
the process by which teachers and principals are evaluated in New
York state. The purpose of APPR is to empower educators to improve
the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve
students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers.
APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and are negotiated with
local unions. Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account
classroom observations, student test scores, and a variety of
achievement and assessment measures – many of which are decided at
the local level. Teachers and principals across New York ultimately
receive a number grade every year, which equates to an effectiveness
To see a copy of the approved APPR plan,
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