SED provides APPR sample evaluation plans

by Cathy Woodruff

On Board Online • August 31, 2015

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The State Education Department has posted sample evaluation plans and other documents on its EngageNY website to help guide educators through implementation of the latest version of Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR).

School districts are facing an Oct. 1 deadline for submission of revised APPR teacher and principal evaluation agreements to be used in this school year. The plans must be approved and implemented by Nov. 15 unless hardship waivers are approved.

Districts that are unable to reach agreement and gain approval for revised plans by those deadlines have a window from Oct. 1 to Oct. 30 to apply for a hardship waiver. If approved, the waivers take effect on Nov. 15, and districts may continue to use their APPR plans in place for the 2014-15 school year.

The sample APPR plans available include a 53-page Sample Plan A, which illustrates a plan with no optional subcomponents selected for use in either the "student performance" or "observation/school visit" categories.

Sample Plan B, which is 70 pages, shows a version that includes optional subcomponents in both the "student performance" and "observation/site visit" categories.

Other new APPR-related offerings on the EngageNY site include a 159-page field guidance document on the newest version of the law (Section 3012-d of Education Law and the related Commissioner's Regulations).

The department also has posted an updated 157-page field guidance document for the old version of the law (Section 2012-c) for districts that receive waivers and continue to use last year's plans.

A revised guidance document on Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) explains how the state will assess growth of students in classrooms where no state assessment used in a state-provided growth measure is available. Once again, since some districts will be seeking hardship waivers and using their existing APPR plans, the department is keeping SLO guidance for use under the old law posted and available.

A revised SLO template is expected to be available shortly to help teachers write their SLOs.

Updated teacher and principal evaluation road maps can help districts and BOCES navigate the decisions that need to be made along the way to implement the new APPR system.

More materials are expected to be released by the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness, including training modules and more information on acceptable or approved rubrics and assessments.

The landing page for the most recent set of documents is .

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