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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339





Fort Plain submits teacher evaluation plan to the state ahead of deadline

 At its meeting on June 23, the Fort Plain Central School Board of Education approved and submitted a negotiated teacher evaluation plan to the New York State Education Department ahead of the July 1 deadline.

The state-mandated Annual Professional Performance Plan (or “APPR”) outlines how teachers and administrators will be evaluated based on a 100-point scale. Districts without an approved plan in place by Jan. 17, 2013 risk losing state aid for the 2012-2013 school year.

“Our staff did an excellent job in getting this to the state before the deadline,” said Superintendent Douglas C. Burton. “It’s a good plan and a reflects a lot of thought on the part of the district and the Fort Plain Teacher’s Association. It’s a very workable model and allows us to see an improvement in students’ scores.”

A total of 80 percent of the evaluation specifics must be bargained collectively in each district, according to state guidelines. In Fort Plain’s plan, 40 percent of a teacher’s score will come from classroom observations and 20 percent will come from each of the following categories:

  • Student growth measures (which include scores based on state assessment tests);

  • Locally-selection measures (including scores on state assessment tests, Regents exams, and Regents equivalent exams); and

  • A professional portfolio.

The evaluations of each teacher will then be based on the following scale: Highly Effective (91-100 points); Effective (75-90 points); Developing (65-74 points); Ineffective (0-64 points).

To see a copy of the plan, click here.

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