Annual professional performance review
The City School District of
Albany evaluates teachers and principals with a systen called
“annual professional performance review,” or APPR.
Although historically our district has evaluated
faculty on a regular basis and required them to take part in
professional development, the APPR system is required by
New York state law.
Ed has to approve the evaluation plan
State law requires each public school district
to submit an evaluation plan for approval by the state Education
Department. The plan has to
be jointly developed by the district and faculty to align with statewide
teaching and leadership standards known as the Common Core Standards.
Faculty get annual grades
The new law also requires each district’s plan to
give teachers and principals an annual number grade that translates into
a rating of effectiveness – highly effective, effective, developing or
ineffective. Sometimes this is referred to as the HEDI scale.
⇒Teacher grades are linked to student
The law also sets forth a strict set of rules to
arrive at the grade. This includes, for the first time ever, directly
tying a portion of the teacher grade to student performance on state
exams or other state-approved learning measures.
highlighted text to review a
testing transparency report about the district compiled by the New
York State Education Department and issued in June 2014.
grades are available for review
Parents and guardians may get the final quality
rating and composite effectiveness score for each of their child’s
teachers and their child’s principal once the scores are available.
The new law does not allow the release of
any additional information about a teacher or principal beyond the final
rating and composite score.
Click the highlighted text to see the
City School District of Albany’s
ratings and scores
Ratings and scores are not considered public
information. Only parents and guardians may receive final rating and
composite effectiveness score information, and they need to follow a
process dictated by the law.
Parent/guardian makes written request
A parent or guardian must complete the form
Request for Teacher or Principal
Overall Composite Score and Effectiveness Rating and bring it – and
photo identification – to the main office of their child’s school
for a teacher and to the administrative offices in Academy Park for a
photo ID will be copied onto the request form, and the form will be
submitted for approval.
No oral requests will be honored, and parents and
guardians should not expect to receive the information the same day they
file the request.
District verifies identification and request
Identification -- The district may request
additional documentation (driver’s license or other photo ID) to verify
that the person requesting the information is the parent or legal
guardian of the student. Legal guardians will have to provide proof of
guardianship (court orders, for example). Any documents will be verified
against other information the district has about the student.
Request – The district will verify that
the information being requested is within the law, meaning the request
must be made by a parent or guardian of a student in the
teacher’s current class or the
principal’s current building.
The person making the request will be notified
once his or her request has been verified and approved, and a
face-to-face meeting will be scheduled with the appropriate district
Step 3: Face-to-face meeting is held
At the meeting between the administrator and the
parent/guardian, the rating and score of the person in question will be
provided verbally. (If a parent/guardian cannot meet in person, they may
receive the information by phone). Also at the meeting, the
parent/guardian will receive a copy of an explanation of the rating and
score system to better explain them in the context of teacher evaluation
and student performance.
The law does not allow the release of any
additional information about the teacher or principal in question beyond
the final rating and composite score. In addition, a teacher or
principal may appeal a final rating and composite score. If an appeal is
filed, the rating and composite score will not be available until the
appeals process has concluded.
Once a meeting is complete, the teacher or
principal will be notified that his or her score was given out.
Click the highlighted text to
read a letter about the City
School District of Albany's APPR from Superintendent Marguerite Vanden
Wyngaard, Ph.D. You also can contact Dr. V for more information at