Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)
In 2000, the Board of Regents developed and approved Section 100.2(o) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, governing the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) of teachers. The regulation required school districts to conduct annual evaluations of probationary and tenured teachers.
In 2010, legislation was enacted (Chapter 103 of the Laws of 2010), adding Section 3012-c of Education Law, prescribing changes to the annual performance evaluation of all teachers.
Under the law, school districts are required to conduct an Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) on each teacher and principal, resulting in a composite effectiveness score and a rating of "highly effective," "effective," "developing," or "ineffective."
The evaluation system is part of the federal Race to the Top educational reform initiative. The goal
is to provide standardized, objective evaluation results that can be used to guide the professional
learning of teachers and principals.