In April, the Board of Regents adopted changes to regulations regarding Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR) of teachers.
The Regents adopted regulations by emergency action to:
1. Require school districts and BOCES to include student growth as criterion in the evaluation of teachers;
2 .Create four "uniform qualitative rating categories" (Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, Ineffective) to evaluate teachers; and
3. Provide timely and constructive feedback to teachers.
Teacher performance evaluation procedures must continue to be collectively bargained and as a result of NYSUT advocacy will take effect with the 2011-12 school year instead of the 2010-11 school year as originally proposed." (http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/bulletins_14931.htm#changes)