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North Shore Schools ‘Prepared for New APPR Provisions’

The North Shore School District Board of Education was brought up to speed on the implementation of the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) provisions at the Thursday, Dec. 15 meeting, held at Sea Cliff Elementary School. The law will be implemented at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, and the discussion revolved around the evaluation of teachers only, not other faculty members.

The specifics of the statewide law were given to the school districts last summer, and the North Shore School District is one of the few in the area that has their plan in place. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Rob Chlebicki presented the board with the details of the new law, and how it differs from the old one. He explained that the new law condenses the areas of evaluation into seven specific categories, whereas previously there were eight broader categories. The New York State Teaching Standards are now more detailed and better defined; in the past the manner was determined by the District.

Chlebicki explained the numbers and percentages applied to each category that a teacher is evaluated on; one area that will be evaluated is the rate of growth, which Chlebicki commended the teachers of the district for choosing, as the other option was to assess achievement tests. He said the teachers felt measuring growth was more fair to the students. He explained that the District formed a committee in January of last year to go over the points of the plan that needed evaluation; he said the experience was a pleasant and professional one and all parties came to an agreement for the implementation of the plan for next year.

The board members said they appreciated the information given but raised concerns over the nature of the law.

“Some of these areas are very subjective,” said Trustee Amy Beyer. “It seems as if they are trying to standardize across the state.”

“The law will not improve teaching, it will not improve students’ education – it is simply a degradation of the faculty,” said Trustee Igor Webb.

“My biggest concern is that NYSUT lost the suit to prevent the release of teachers’ scores to the public – they will appeal…” said Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick. “What’s done with the data can be inherently evil.”