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BKW’s APPR plan approved by NY State

Plan lays out teacher, principal performance evaluations and scores

BKW’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plan has received approval from the New York State Education Department. The approval satisfies a requirement of the federal Race To The Top (RTTT) education initiative and makes BKW eligible to continue receiving federal Race to the Top and state education aid.

The approval is the result of months of collaboration between the BKW Administration, the BKW Teachers Association, the Helderberg Administrators Association and the BKW Board of Education to craft the district’s APPR plan.

 

What is APPR?

APPR is a teacher and principal evaluation system that rates educators at the end of every school year with a number grade that represents the effectiveness of the educator. The number grade is between 0 and 100 points and is calculated based on a set of standards developed by the district in coordination with requirements mandated by the New York State Board of Regents. For the first time ever, New York State requires that a portion of teacher evaluation is directly tied to student performance.

APPR is just one of the many reforms put in place by the New York State Board of Regents to improve student learning. It was developed to improve the state’s educational system and support the professional growth of educators in the state, which should ultimately lead to students being better prepared for college and career.

 

What is in BKW's APPR Plan?

BKW has had an APPR plan in place since September 2011, but has, with the guidance of the State Education Department, updated and refined the plan to its current form. ( Click here to see the full plan [PDF].)

As mentioned, New York now requires that student performance on state exams factor into individual teachers' evaluations. Other factors will include growth in students' work and assessment of classroom skills through observations by a trained evaluator. Administrator evaluations will consider factors like growth toward determined goals, a supervisor's (or other trained evaluator's) assessment of leadership and management, and other additional benchmarks.

For BKW teachers, the 100-point effectiveness score will come from three areas:

20 percent will come from student growth based on state tests or comparable measures when state testing growth is not available for a specific grade.

20 percent will come from district developed assessments and/or achievement on the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments by NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association).

60 percent will come from multiple measures aligned with the New York State Teaching Standards including administrator observations, peer observations and lesson plan evaluation, among other factors. The District and the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Teachers Association have chosen the Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (2007 Edition) as the rubric for this portion of the score.

 

For BKW principals, the 100-point effectiveness score will come from three areas:

20 percent will come from student growth based on state tests or comparable measures when state testing growth is not available for a specific grade.

20 percent will come from achievement on the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments by NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association).

60 percent will come from multiple measures aligned with the New York State Leadership Standards. The District and the Helderberg Administrators Association have chosen the Multidimensional Principal Performance Rubric as the rubric for this portion of the score.

 

Depending on their scores, BKW teachers and administrators will be placed into one of four categories:

Score of 91-100: Highly Effective (Performing at a Higher Level)

Score of 75-90: Effective (Performing at Level Typically Expected)

Score of 65-74: Developing (Not Performing at Level Typically Expected)

Score of 0-64: Ineffective (Performance is Unacceptable)

 

Click here to view BKW’s revised and state approved APPR plan and details on how the scores are calculated [PDF].

 

When will the APPR scores be released?

Although the New York State Education Department has said teacher ratings will be released to the parents of students in each teacher’s classroom (or in each principal’s school), it is not yet clear how the release of these ratings will be implemented. The ratings for the 2012-13 school year are anticipated in the fall of 2013.