What is APPR?
In May 2010, the New York State Legislature—in an effort to secure federal Race to the Top funds—approved an amendment to Educational Law 3012-c regarding the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) of teachers and principals. The new law states that beginning September 2011, all teachers and principals will receive a number from 0-100 to rate their performance. Part of that number (ranging from 20% to 40%) will be derived from how well students perform on standardized tests. At first glance, using test scores might seem like a reasonable approach to accountability. As designed, however, these regulations carry unintended negative consequences for our schools and students that simply cannot be ignored.* The following links will provide a great deal of information about this subject:
- An Open Letter of Concern Regarding New York State’s APPR Legislation for the Evaluation of Teachers and Principals: http://www.newyorkprincipals.org/appr-paper
- Why APPR Must be Changed: http://roundtheinkwell.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/burrisphillips.pdf
- ASA Statement on Using Value-Added Models for Educational Assessment: http://www.amstat.org/policy/pdfs/ASA_VAM_Statement.pdf
* – Source: http://www.newyorkprincipals.org/appr-paper
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