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Teacher Qualifications and Evaluations


APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review. It is the process by which teachers and principals are evaluated in New York state. The intent of APPR is to assist educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers.

District APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and be negotiated with local unions. Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations and student performance. Teachers and principals across New York ultimately receive an overall effectiveness rating every year.

View Harrisville Central School District’s APPR Plan.

APPR Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Scores

Under APPR, teachers and principals receive a number grade every year, which translates to an effectiveness rating. The APPR process is governed by the state and aligns with New York state teaching and leadership standards, but each school district develops its own evaluation plan within those guidelines. Because of this, each district’s APPR plan is different, so APPR scores cannot be compared from district to district.

Request Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Scores

While APPR scores are not considered public information and are not FOILable, state leaders have agreed that teachers’ and principals’ composite APPR ratings may be released to parents or guardians upon request and verification of identity and only for their child’s current teachers and principal. Teachers will be notified by a district administrator which parents have requested their effectiveness score.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and is meant to ensure that all students have equitable access to high-quality educational resources and opportunities. New York state is committed to ensuring that all students succeed and thrive in school no matter who they are, where they live, where they go to school, or where they come from. Since fall 2016, New York state asked for feedback to design a plan that improves equity, access, and opportunity for all students.

For more information about ESSA, go to the State Education Department’s website, or download this fact sheet.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can learn more about New York state’s ESSA-funded programs compliant procedures here.

See our ESSA-Funded Programs Review Team for the 2023-24 school year.

Professional Learning

The 2023-24 Harrisville Central School District Professional Learning Plan focuses in on the skills, attitudes, and growth of the professional staff necessary to make the mission of Harrisville Central School a reality.


Sheryl Tuttle-Lamb
PreK-12 Curriculum Coordinator 
(315) 543-2707