APPR (3012-d)

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The following resources provide relevant information and support to districts and BOCES about Annual Professional Performance Reviews under Education Law §3012-d and Subpart 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents for the school years 2015-16 and beyond.

APPR Statute, Regulations, and Guidance

Guidance on New York State’s Annual Professional Performance Review for Teachers and Principals to Implement Education Law §3012-d and the Commissioner’s Regulations

The purpose of this guidance is to answer questions that educators, administrators, and community stakeholders may have about Education Law §3012-d and Subpart 30-3 of the Commissioner’s regulations.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Guidance Document

The Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Guidance Document explains how New York State will assess the student learning growth of students in classrooms where there is no State assessment that can be used for a State-provided growth measure (sometimes called “non-tested subjects”). This resource will be helpful to district leaders as they implement the SLO process, a required component of the teacher evaluation system.

Education Law §3012-d  Revised

Click the link above for the new Education Law §3012-d, which was added by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015. To access the statute, select “Laws” then “Laws of New York” from the top menu bar, enter “3012-d” in the search box and click on the second link, “Education Law § 3012-d.” 

The Commissioner’s Regulations on Annual Professional Performance Review

At the June 2015 meeting of the Board of Regents, proposed amendments were adopted to amend Subpart 30-2 and add a new Subpart 30-3 to the Rules of the Board of Regents, which relates to annual professional performance reviews of classroom teachers and building principals, in order to implement Education Law §3012-d, as enacted by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015, Subparts D and E of Part EE.

These slides were presented to the Board of Regents along with this item as recommendations by the Department for the proposed regulation amendments. Please note, the red text throughout the slide deck represents changes made to the recommendations between the May 2015 and June 2015 Board of Regents meetings. The green text represents changes that were made to the recommendations during the June 2015 Board of Regents meeting.

Summary of Revised APPR Provisions 2015-16- The “Blue Memo”

The “Blue Memo” provides a summary of the regulations adopted by the Board of Regents to implement Education Law 3012-d.

Field Guidance on 2014-15 APPR Closeout and Updates on Education Law 3012-d

This memo provides an update on the Board of Regents’ amendment of Subpart 30-2 and emergency addition of the new Subpart 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents; APPR data collection and reporting timelines and requirements, including instructions for accessing the 2014-15 APPR Implementation Certification form; submission timelines for the Hardship Waiver for the implementation of Education Law §3012-d; and APPR review and approval processes for the implementation of Education Law §3012-d.


Resources for Appealing State-Provided Growth Scores

Application to Challenge a State-Provided Growth Score (2014-15 School Year and Thereafter)

At its September 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents amended Subparts 30-2 and 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents to prescribe an appeals process for a teacher or principal who wishes to challenge their State-provided growth score, in certain limited circumstances for the 2014-15 school year and thereafter while the Department is reviewing the growth model to determine if any changes are needed. 

Teachers and principals who meet the criteria identified in the application and choose to challenge their State-provided shall submit an appeal to the Department, using the above linked application, within 20 days of receipt of their overall APPR rating or October 19, 2015, whichever is later.

Frequently Asked Questions: Challenges to a State-Provided Growth Score

This Frequently Asked Questions document has been created to answer common questions about who is eligible to challenge their State-provided growth score under the revised regulations, how to apply, what evidence should be submitted, etc.


Resources for the Design and Development of APPR Plans

Tips for the Transition from Review Room to SED Monitoring

The Department has completed its work to update the APPR portal to allow for the entry of all measures required by the APPR transition regulations.  As of April 1, 2016, the updated APPR portal has been moved from the Review Room platform to the New York State Education Department’s Business Portal, the same location where districts/BOCES submit their APPR Implementation Certification form. Districts/BOCES are now required to submit their completed APPR plans aligned with §3012-d, as implemented by Subpart 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents, through the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System on the New York State Education Department Business Portal.  Districts or BOCES wishing to make material changes to their approved §3012-d APPR plans for use beginning in the 2016-17 school year must submit such material changes through the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System as well.

Districts/BOCES are encouraged to review the “Tips for the Transition From Review Room to SED Monitoring” as they begin work on their §3012-d plans in the new APPR portal.   Please submit any questions regarding the operation of the APPR portal within the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System to educatoreval@nysed.gov.  

APPR Transition Period Supplemental Form

Districts/BOCES whose Education Law §3012-d Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans were approved by the Department for use beginning in the 2015-16 school year must complete this supplemental form in order to specify the alternate SLOs that will be used for applicable teachers and principals during the 2016-17 through 2018-19 school years in the event that excluding the results of the grades 3-8 ELA and math State assessments and any State-provided growth scores results in no remaining student performance measures for the purposes of calculating transition scores and ratings. The supplemental form must now be completed and submitted through the SED Monitoring APPR portal no later than March 1, 2017.

RFQ for Supplemental Assessments and Corresponding Growth Models and/or Assessments for Use with SLOs to be Used by Districts and BOCES in Teacher and Principal Evaluations

The New York State Education Department is now accepting applications for qualifications for supplemental assessments and corresponding growth models and/or assessments for use with SLOs to be used by districts and BOCES in teacher and principal evaluations as part of their implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system.

Teacher and Principal Practice Rubrics

To implement the provisions of Education Law §3012-d relating to annual professional performance reviews of classroom teachers and building principals, the New York State Education Department, is soliciting applications for Teacher and Principal Practice Rubrics that will be used as part of teacher and principal evaluations. And, in limited circumstances, LEAs may apply for a variance to use a teacher and/or principal practice rubric other than those on the Approved List.

Application for Teacher and Principal Practice Rubric Variance

To implement the provisions of Education Law §3012-d relating to annual professional performance reviews of classroom teachers and building principals, the New York State Education Department (“NYSED” or “Department”), strongly encourages local educational agencies (LEAs) to select teacher and principal practice rubrics from the Department’s List of Approved Teacher and Principal Practice Rubrics (“Approved List”). In limited circumstances, however, LEAs may apply for a variance to use a teacher and/or principal practice rubric other than those on the Approved List.

Student Assessments for Use by School Districts and BOCES in Teacher and Principal Evaluation Under Education Law §3012-d

The New York State Education Department is now accepting applications for qualifications for supplemental assessments and corresponding growth models and/or assessments for use with SLOs to be used by districts and BOCES in teacher and principal evaluations as part of their implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system. 

Assessments will be added to the Approved List of Assessments to be used with SLOs and the Approved List of Supplemental Assessments to be used with Growth Models as they are approved.

Teacher and Principal Evaluation Road Maps: 2015-16

The teacher and principal evaluation road maps are intended to help districts and BOCES navigate the decisions that need to be made in order to implement the new APPR system. The road maps are a summary of the regulations adopted by the Board of Regents to implement Education Law §3012-d.

Sample APPR Plans Aligned with Education Law §3012-d

Two sample APPR plans that are in compliance with Education Law §3012-d have been developed to support districts and BOCES in the design and development of their own APPR plans.

Draft Multi-State SLO Rubric

Evaluators and educators are encouraged to use this rubric to measure the quality of the information provided by educators on the NYS SLO Template. Please view the webinar "SLO 102 for Teachers" to see how to use the rubric with a sample SLO. This draft rubric was developed by a national SLO Work Group convened by the Reform Support Network (RSN) that includes representatives from many of the Race to the Top States, including New York State. The goal of the effort was to produce a rubric that multiple states can use to evaluate the quality of SLOs. The group examined a wide range of rubrics from school districts and states across the country, looking for strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences. The rubric that resulted from the efforts of the group uses one performance level -- meets expectations -- as the decision was made that an SLO should not be approved if it does not meet the expectations set forth in the rubric. This rubric has been updated to align with Education Law §3012-d.

New York State Student Learning Objective Template

The Student Learning Objective (SLO) template is the statewide form for teachers to use for writing their SLO(s).

Web-based APPR Form using SED Monitoring Aligned with §3012-d

School districts and BOCES are required to submit their completed APPR plans aligned with §3012-d into the SED Monitoring APPR portal. The Department reviews each APPR plan to determine if it rigorously complies with the Education Law and corresponding subpart of the Rules of the Board of Regents. APPR plans under Education Law §3012-d should be submitted through the SED Monitoring APPR portal. A template of the APPR form, as it appears in the SED Monitoring APPR portal, can be downloaded here.

APPR Training Modules

The goal of these modules is to guide users through the twelve tasks in the updated SED Monitoring APPR portal and in their understanding of the APPR process under Education Law §3012-d, including:

  • The component pieces of the APPR plan for teachers and principals (requirements and options);
  • How to structure APPRs to support academic priorities and needs;
  • How to submit an APPR plan that meets requirements of law and regulations; and
  • How to use resources from NYSED to support the APPR process.
Task by Task SED Monitoring APPR Portal Guidance Document (APPR §3012-d)

The Task by Task  SED Monitoring APPR Portal Guidance Document (APPR §3012-d) was created to be used as a guide for the field, specifically tailored and organized for completing an APPR plan under Education Law §3012-d in the SED Monitoring APPR portal.

Hardship Waiver for the Implementation of Education Law §3012-d

The Hardship Waiver Application #1 can be found on this page and on NYSED’s Application Business Portal at http://portal.nysed.gov. Please note: The Hardship Waiver application must be completed online through the NYSED’s Application Business Portal at http://portal.nysed.gov.

Independent Evaluator Hardship Waiver (Education Law §3012-d)

An application to apply for a waiver is available on our Independent Evaluator Hardship Waiver page and on NYSED’s Application Business Portal at http://portal.nysed.gov. Please note: This application must be completed online through the NYSED’s Application Business Portal at http://portal.nysed.gov.

Approved APPR Plans

NYSED will continue to post school districts’ APPR plans as they become approved.


Resources for Closeout of 2014-15 APPR under 3012-c

"Tips Webinar": Continuing Guidance on the October 16th APPR Data Submission Deadline for the 2014-15 School Year: Tips to Address Common Errors

This webinar is designed to provide helpful feedback to the field based on common issues we are seeing as districts/BOCES submit their APPR data for the October 16, 2015 deadline. Please note: Local level 1 data centers will require earlier due dates to allow sufficient time for processing. Several sample scenarios with illustrative data have been utilized to show appropriate steps in data submission.

Continuing Guidance on the October 16th APPR Data Submission Deadline for the 2014-15 School Year

This memorandum provides continuing information regarding several APPR data collection and reporting deadlines. A Frequently Asked Questions document has been created surrounding common questions about the data submission and the Statement of Confirmation of 2014-15 Staff Evaluation Rating Verification Report and has been included for your reference. Please note that this data submission and verification is required (1) in order for districts to be eligible for an increase in State aid for 2015-16 and (2) for districts/BOCES to submit a Hardship Waiver application between October 1-30, 2015, if applicable. The submission deadline for staff evaluation data is October 16, 2015, and the deadline to submit the “Statement of Confirmation of 2015 Staff Evaluation Rating Verification Report” is October 23, 2015.


Resources for Closeout of 2015-16 APPR

Staff Evaluation Data Reporting for the 2015-16 School Year under Education Law §3012-d

This slide deck outlines the reporting requirements under Education Law §3012-d as compared to Education Law §3012-c and describes the steps being taken to facilitate this collection in the fall of 2016.

Comparison of Required Elements for Reporting Staff Evaluation Data under Education Law §3012-c and Education Law §3012-d

This chart provides a list of Staff Evaluation data elements required under Education Law §3012-c and Education Law §3012-d aligned by component of the Annual Professional Performance Review plan.

Reporting Transition Scores and Ratings

This chart provides examples of Original and Transition Staff Evaluation data elements required under Education Law §3012-c and Education Law §3012-d aligned by component of the Annual Professional Performance Review plan.

2015-16 Staff Evaluation Data Template Examples

These examples illustrate the submission of 2015-16 Staff Evaluation data for Original and Transition scores and ratings under Education Law §3012-c and Education Law §3012-d.

Memo: APPR Data Collection and Reporting Timelines and Requirements

This memorandum provides an update on the following: 1. 2015-16 APPR Implementation Certification Form; 2. APPR data collection and reporting timelines and requirements; 3. APPR review and approval processes for the implementation of Education Law §3012-d in the 2016-17 school year.

Memo: Annual Professional Performance Review Data Submission and Certification Deadlines for the 2015-16 School Year

This memorandum provides continuing information regarding several APPR data collection and reporting deadlines. A Frequently Asked Questions document has been created surrounding common questions about the data submission and the Statement of Confirmation of 2015-16 Staff Evaluation Rating Verification Report and has been included for your reference. The submission deadline for staff evaluation data is November 18, 2016, and the deadline to submit the “Statement of Confirmation of 2015-16 Staff Evaluation Rating Verification Report” is December 2, 2016.

"Tips Webinar": Continuing Guidance on the November 18th APPR Data Submission Deadline for the 2015-16 School Year: Tips to Address Common Errors

This webinar is designed to provide helpful feedback to the field based on common issues we are seeing as districts/BOCES submit their APPR data for the November 18, 2016 deadline. Please note: Local level 1 data centers will require earlier due dates to allow sufficient time for processing. Several sample scenarios with illustrative data have been utilized to show appropriate steps in data submission.

Downloadable Resources

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