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September 20, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Working against a January deadline, 107 school districts in New York have now come up with a teacher evaluation plan that passes state muster.
The state education department released the update Wednesday. The department says it's provided feedback to nearly 200 other districts working to win approval.
New state law requires each of the state's roughly 700 school districts to have a state-approved teacher and principal evaluation plan in place by Jan. 17. The Annual Professional Performance Reviews have to be based in large part on classroom observations and student improvement on standardized tests.
Districts are working with teachers unions to draw up the plans before submitting them to the state.
The evaluations that begin this year are part of a broader education reform agenda.
Along with an updated list of approved APPR plans, the APPR model plans can be found at the NY State Department of Education website. Approved plans are posted on this website on an on-going basis.
View the press release from the NYSED