New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Alert: Legislature to Act on APPR Bill

January 22, 2019

Legislation to amend the current APPR law to eliminate the mandate to use state exams as the measure of student performance in APPR has moved through both the Senate and Assembly Education committee.  If enacted, districts would instead be required to collectively bargain what assessment is used.

NYSSBA is seeking changes to the legislation including:

  • Allowing school districts to select the measure or measures of student performance including student portfolios, state assessments and local assessments approved by the State Education Department.
  • Removing the threat of state aid loss if a district does not have an annually approved APPR plan.
  • Eliminating the requirement to use independent observers in addition to principals and other administrators.
  • Restoring the permissive use of currently prohibited evaluation elements, such as lesson plans and other artifacts of teaching, and parent and teacher surveys. 
  • Allowing districts to differentiate the appropriate number and scope of observations conducted of tenured teachers with a track record of success, and probationary teachers and tenured teachers who require more coaching. 
  • Allowing districts to be authorized to implement these local options at their discretion, without collectively bargaining these new flexibilities. 

Media reports indicate that the legislature will pass this bill, unamended, as early as this week. Please contact your legislators and urge them to slow down progress on this bill and, consider amendments to more broadly reform APPR and lessen the risk of increased testing.

Assembly Switchboard

(518) 455-4100

Senate Switchboard

(518) 455-2800

NYSSBA's amendment request can be accessed at the link below:

Guidance on the 180-Day Instructional Requirement

NYSED's State Aid office has added a new webpage that consolidates all of the existing 180-day information from across including the regulation questions/comments and, a new model calendar for the 2019-20 school year. The new website can be accessed at the link below.

Executive Budget Webinar

On Thursday at noon, the Governmental Relations Team will host a webinar to summarize the executive budget proposal and answer your questions. Registration for the webinar is still open.

2019 Capital Conference

Registration is open for the 2019 Capital Conference. Consider joining your colleagues from around the state for two days of programing and advocacy on Sunday, February 10th and Monday, February 11th. Hear from the Commissioner of Education, the NYS Teacher of the Year and prepare for legislative meetings on the 2019 state budget.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues. For more information, visit our Key Issues Page.

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