Public Comment Period for Proposed Changes to NY State Teacher Evaluation Process APPR

The public comment period for proposed changes to New York State’s teacher evaluation process (known as APPR) is now open. To date, I have not been able to locate a date when it closes nor find a link on NYSED’s site that explains this. Others in NY, including senators, have been posting to their social sites about it. Comments should be sent to the NYS Education Department and the Board of Regents through the following email:

On a related note, here’s a great blog post by a teacher from the spring of 2013 when NYSED also had an open window for public input. It appears they just refuse to listen. So while I am hopeful that all the new feedback they receive will have an impact, I am realistic and smart enough to know it won’t.


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  1. Pauline

     /  April 23, 2015

    “Education is NOT the learning of facts but the training of the mind. to THINK.”
    Albert Einstein

    This quote says it all.

  2. Sal mascolo

     /  April 17, 2015

    Teachers should not be rated according to a state test!!!!

  3. Sal mascolo

     /  April 17, 2015

    I have been a middle school Mathematics teacher for 20 yrs. I teach an honors 9th grade program and 8th grade.
    Concerning the APPR and evaluations on teachers which directly effects teachers of ELA and Mathematics, until you can come up with an adequate way to test the other 70% of teachers who are in the same pay scale as an ELA and Math teacher it can not be done!!!! Why?? You are DISCRIMINATING against ELA and MATH teachers in grades 3-8. You can expect there will be numerous suits for DISCRIMINATION filed against the state!!! Unless you can come up with a state exam to evaluate all disciplines including the librarian, Art, Gym And all other teachers, you are DISCRIMINATING against ELA and Math teachers!!!!!! We are on the same pay scale as everyone else!!!!! You are discriminating against 30% of the teachers in every school district in New York State !!!! You cannot tie us to an exam unless you can create an exam for all others including the librarian and the social worker. Furthermore you cannot tie there fate to a math and ELA teachers exam.
    I am highly offended, I work countless hours in a day especially with the common core not being phased in properly!!! Fix it properly there should be no APPR, you have administrators, principals and curriculum associates to determine if a teacher is ineffective. I will NOT be bullied with ineffective ratings due to a bad population of students in my classroom!!! I have been effective and highly effective my entire career!!!! Shame on you Cuomo and all of you who are setting up schools to fail and divide teachers parents and admistrators. DISCIMINATION!!!!!!


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