Teacher Evaluations & Qualifications


APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review, and it is the process by which teachers and principals are evaluated in New York state. The purpose of APPR is to empower educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers. APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and are negotiated with local unions. Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations, student test scores, and a variety of achievement and assessment measures–many of which are decided at the local level. Teachers and principals across New York ultimately receive a number grade every year, which equates to an effectiveness rating. View the SSCSD Annual Professional Performance Review.

APPR Rating and Score Release Process

Learn how to request Saratoga Spring City School District’s APPR rating.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Information

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 complaint procedures here.