January 2013, a new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plan
for Capital Region BOCES teachers and school leaders was approved by the
New York State Education Department (SED). APPR is intended to improve
and maintain the quality of instruction for professional staff by
reviewing their performance on an on-going basis.
The new evaluation system (required by an amendment to NYS Education Law 3012-c) is one component of the larger federal Race to the Top education reform initiative. Race to the Top aims to improve the quality of instruction and, in turn, improve student performance and college and career readiness.
While BOCES teachers and principals have always been evaluated and held to rigorous standards, the amended requirements follow more rigid rules set by the state and, for the first time ever, a portion of teacher evaluation is directly tied to student performance on state exams or other state-approved learning measures.