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City teachers learn how to appeal evaluations

Rochester, N.Y. The union that represents Rochester teachers put together sessions at which teachers could learn how to appeal the grade associated with new evaluations.

Many Rochester teachers recently found out they labeled developing.

Teachers are feeling degraded, said Rochester Teachers Association Secretary Aimee Rinere.

The evaluations are called Annual Professional Performance Reviews, or APPRs, and are partly tied to new state tests.

RTA says this change means many teachers in urban areas are placed at a disadvantage because of high absenteeism and perennially low test scores.

If you want to hold us accountable, thats fine, I just want it done in a fair way, said Sherard Cox, an elementary school teacher in Rochester.

Rinere says an appeal might be able to tack a few points onto an evaluation, which, in some cases, would be enough to move the teacher up to effective.

This years evaluations do not count towards anything, but Rinere says they do lay the groundwork for next years grades.

RTA will also be holding sessions to help teachers navigate through the improvement plan that follows a label of developing or ineffective.

The Rochester City School District did not comment Monday saying evaluations were a personnel matter.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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