New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Legislature Passes APPR Bill

January 25, 2019

Legislation to amend the current APPR law to eliminate the mandate to use state exams as the measure of student performance has passed both the Assembly and the Senate. If enacted, districts would instead be required to collectively bargain what assessment is used as the student performance measure in APPR. During the floor debate, NYSSBA's concerns and proposed amendments were referenced by legislators.

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. 

This bill has not yet been delivered to the Governor, though it is important to note that virtually identical language was included in the Executive Budget proposal. NYSSBA will continue to seek legislation to more broadly reform APPR and lessen the risk of increased testing. The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team remains hopeful that this will be a first step in APPR reform, not the last.

NYSSBA's memo on this bill can be accessed at the link below:

NYSSBA Webinar and Budget Analysis

Yesterday the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to provide an overview of the 2019 Executive Budget and answer your questions.  

If you were unable to attend live and wish to view the webinar, you may do so at any time at the link below.

You may also review the written material the Governmental Relations team shared as a part of the webinar below.

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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