School boards release five key principles for APPR reform
Key principles are intended to guide development of a more effective educator evaluation system
CONTACT: David Albert
As state lawmakers prepare to tackle reforms to the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system for teachers and principals, the New York State School Boards Association today released five key principles that lawmakers should incorporate into APPR reforms.
"By all accounts, the state Legislature will fast-track legislation to change the state’s system for evaluating teachers and principals," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "NYSSBA urges lawmakers to consider these principles before taking any action on this issue."
The key principles below were established in order to guide development of a more effective educator evaluation system:
1. Eliminate the requirement to use state assessments as the student performance measure. Rather than being limited to scores on state tests, school districts should be able to select the measure of student performance, such as student portfolios or work samples. This would help reduce the possibility that APPR reform legislation could unintentionally lead to additional testing requirements in some school districts.
"Legislation conceived with these principles in mind will help move the focus of evaluations back to the practice of teaching and learning," Kremer said. "We believe that adoption of APPR reforms in line with these principles will produce a much improved evaluation system – one that teachers, administrators, parents, school boards and members of the community at large will embrace."
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