Our district is working diligently to update our APPR to meet the requirements of our New York State Education Department.
1. The committee met two times over the summer. We:
  • Revised our observation form. This will be posted in September 2011.
  • Our rubrics have been chosen. Click here.
  • Created a plan for the Evidence Folder.
2. The committee met again in mid-September. Agenda items included:
  • Assessments - Can we make a local determination without further state guidelines?  We understand that there will be a goal-setting process, so we will wait for further guidance from the state.
  • Evidence Folder - The checklist and required expectations have been reviewed.
  • Walk-Throughs - The form has been reviewed.
3. The committee met on October 4, 2011 after school, finalized the forms and planned the roll out for the K-12 faculty on October 7, 2011. 
4. The committee rolled out the forms on October 7, 2011 to the K-12 faculty. The forms have been published on our web site.  
5. The committee met on November 1, 2011 to develop the TIP and review the Appeals Process. The TIP draft has been finalized and will be under final review on November 21.  We will also review the Appeals Process on November 21, 2011.
6. The committee met on November 21, 2011 in the afternoon.  Two items were on the agenda.  The committee reviewed a plan that would allow us to capture and address concerns regarding point allocations during the school year vs the end of the year. The committee looked through a proposed Appeal Process. We will meet again on December 12, 2011. 
7. The committee met on December 12 for one hour. We reached conclusion on how to allow for ample opportunities for teachers to maximize their work and points in the observation, walk-throughs and evidence folder. The group will meet for a full day on January 18, 2012.  
8. On December 12, 2011, a subcommittee of Teaching Assistants met to create an observation form that is customized for their profession. As a result of this meeting, the form has been created, a conversion chart has been created, and professional development classes will be offered to Teaching Assistants. 
9. Other subcommittee work includes:
~Occupational Therapists are working on an observation form and APPR process that is customized for the work that they do. This work will be similar for all therapists in our district. This work is long-term with hopes of implementation for the 2012 - 2013 school year. 
~School Counselors met on January 3 to begin the work to create a customized APPR process for them. The work continues on January 23, 2012.
~Speech Therapists will meet in the spring to begin this work.
10. Training - Middle School ELA and Math teachers as well as 4th and 5th grade ELA and Math teachers are receiving training on the Evidence Folder. This training began in November and concludes this month.  Middle Level teachers received training in November 2011.
11.  The committee met for a full day on January 18, 2012. All committee members were present. We chose our local assessment option, and we worked through the details of our Appeals Process.  Other items were discussed such as: 
  • What do we do when a teacher is out for part of the year in regards to our local assessment?  How does it count?
  • We discussed local scoring ranges. A conversion table will be developed for our review at the next meeting.
  • We also talked about how to rollout new information and how to coordinate teachers as they develop the local assessments. Plans are already being implemented for completion by March 23, 2012.
  • We also discussed options for teachers who score below effective on the observation, walk-throughs and the evidence folder.
  • Next meeting - January 31, 2012 - after school.

12. On January 23, 2012, the School Counselors developed an observation sheet. They also made plans for a Curriculum Development project in order to capture additional evidence during the 2012-2013 school year. They were provided with a template that they could use for when they are being "observed."

 13. The APPR Committee met after school on January 31, 2012. They received a copy of the APPR Plan in draft form. The committee discussed scoring ranges for the local work and will continue that conversation on February 15th in the afternoon.  The Committee also reviewed plans for the development of the local assessment. 
14. The Teaching Assistant Observation Form and Conversion Chart are complete and on-line. The School Psychologists are meeting on February 14 to review progress.
15. The APPR Committee met for a half-day on February 15, 2012.  The time was spent finalizing the APPR Plan, forms and appeal process. SLO's were also introduced. 
16. The APPR Committee met after school on February 29, 2012. The APPR plan was reviewed and language was tightened. We also reviewed next steps in local assessment development which begins on March 1, 2012.
17. The ELA Local Assessment Development began for grades 4 and 5 on March 1, 2012. Tests were developed and key decisions were made regarding transferring students scores to teacher points.  The next group meets on March 8, 2012 and will work on Math grades 4 and 5. 
18. The ELA and Math Local Assessment  Development was completed for grades 6-8 on March 27 and March 26, respectively. We are finalizing our target
  scores and should reach a decision point the first week of April.
19. The APPR Committee met on March 28 and/or April 2 (two meetings to accommodate needs of the committee). The committee reviewed the purple memo from NYSED and created  a to-do list for our 2012-2013 plan. We also discussed SLO's and set a meeting date for April 23, 2012 after school and May 15th (12:00-3:00).
20. The Evidence Folder Samples are now on-line for our constituents. On March 20, 2012, our Board of Education approved a plan for THIS school year. Our negotiating units still need to sign the document before it can be rolled out to our staff. That is anticipated next week. The committee will now need to meet to prepare a plan for the 2012-2013 school year to send to NYSED for their approval.
21.  The committee met on April 23, 2012 after school.  We reviewed the Purple Memo from NYSED and created a to-do list for our full-day May 15, 2012 meeting.  We are rolling out several SLO meetings.  All three elementary buildings are hosting an hour long meeting to learn about Student Learning Objectives (SLO's).  Speech teachers met today.  Later this month - Reading teachers and Art Teachers will have sessions to discuss the impact of APPR on their departments. We are also scheduling meetings Regents week to meet with departments in Middle and High School.
 For further information on our plan, please contact:
Melissa S. Evingham
Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Instruction
Lake Shore Central School
959 Beach Road
Angola, NY 14006
716-549-6407 (fax)