January 17, 2013
The deadline for New York school districts to submit teacher evaluation plans is midnight tonight. While a few districts have yet to submit their plans, the thirteen districts in Broome County have all had their plans approved by the State Department of Education.
The Binghamton City School District submitted its Annual Professional Performance Review, or APPR, last July, and it was approved in August. Binghamton and Union-Endicott’s proposals were recognized as two of the state’s ten model plans.
Governor Cuomo announced last February that school districts must submit an APPR by today’s deadline or risk losing increased funding from the state.
Cuomo laid out the criteria last year for evaluating both teacher and administrator performance. Sixty percent of the evaluation must be based on classroom technique with the remaining forty percent based on standardized testing.
All school districts in the Southern Tier have at least submitted a proposal, with a few still pending approval.
Most notably New York City Public Schools have failed to submit a plan as of today, which could cost the district four hundred and fifty million dollars.