Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)
Pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-c, parents and legal guardians of students may request the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for each of the teachers and for the principal of the school building to which their children are assigned for the current school year. The law does not allow and, in fact, prohibits the release of any additional information about the individual teacher beyond the final rating and composite score. The following shall govern the procedures for such access.
Pursuant to State law, the District shall provide conspicuous notice to parents/legal guardians of their right to obtain information regarding access to teacher and/or principal scores under the APPR and the methods by which the data can be obtained. Annual professional performance reviews of individual teachers and Principals shall not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law.
Only parents and legal guardians may have access to the final quality rating and composite score of the student’s teacher(s) and principal. The Mount Vernon City School District shall 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.
Requests for APPR final quality ratings and/or composite scores must be in writing on the form provided by the District. No oral requests will be honored. The School District will request additional verification such as licenses 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 School District will require proof of guardianship (e.g. court orders, etc.). The status of the requesting person will be verified against other information concerning the student in the possession of the School District (e.g. information or documents submitted at the time of registration) and the requesting person will be notified once their request has been verified and approved.