State Memo on Assessment Administration
Based on the concerns conveyed to the Commissioner surrounding the use of assessments, the Commissioner has directed the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness to review district APPR plans to identify opportunities for districts to act locally to ensure that they are using the minimum assessments necessary to inform effective instructional decision making. The Hudson City SD has applied for the Teaching is the Core grant as part of a consortium with Questar III and neighboring districts to 1) improve the quality of all educational assessments, while also 2) reducing the number of assessments that do not contribute to teaching and learning. For more information about assessment administration as it relates to the APPR, please see attached memorandum. For more information about Hudson's Teaching Is the Core grant, check out this page or access our Assessment Action Plan.
Parent Notification of Teacher/Principal Evaluation Scores
In accordance with Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) regulations, parents and legal guardians of students may request the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for each of the teachers and/or principal of the school building your child is attending for the current school year. The law does not allow and prohibits the release of any additional information about the individual teacher beyond the final rating and composite score. The following information explains your rights as parents/legal guardians and the process by which you may request teacher/principal ratings and scores.
Only parents and legal guardians may have access to the final quality rating and composite score of the student’s current teacher(s) and principal. Hudson City School District is required by the law to take reasonable steps to insure that the person requesting the information is a parent or legal guardian of the student to whom the teacher(s) or principal is assigned. Therefore, any request must be in writing on the form provided. The district may request additional verification such as a driver’s license or other photo identification to verify that the person requesting the information is the parent or legal guardian of the student. In the case of legal guardians, the district will require proof of guardianship (e.g. court orders, etc.).
Since all of the information needed to establish final teacher and principal ratings and composite scores is not provided until the beginning of school, the availability to receive the final rating and composite scores for a student’s teacher(s) and principal for the 2014-2015 school year shall not be accessible by parents/legal guardians until after September 1, 2014. Requests for the information may be made anytime on or after that date.
Please be advised that a teacher or principal may appeal their final rating and composite score. This will impact both the timing of when such information can be provided to a parent or guardian since, if an appeal is filed by the teacher or principal to the APPR rating, the rating and composite score will not be available until that appeal process has concluded.
Please click on the link below to download a request form.