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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 as amended by the Laws of 2019 and the Commissioner’s Regulations
The purpose of this guidance is to answer questions that educators, administrators, and community stakeholders may have about our evaluation system - Education Law §3012-d as amended by Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2019, and Subpart 30-3 of the Commissioner’s regulations.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Guidance Document
This document is meant to provide support and guidance to those involved in such work under Education Law §3012-d as amended by the Laws of 2019.  Users will find the same type of foundational information around required elements and scoring parameters that was included in previous guidance documents, alongside new tips and considerations stemming from field input. In addition, users will gain insight into SLO calibration sessions and audits that can be used to increase the quality and fidelity of implementation in the 2019-20 school year and beyond.  

Education Law §3012-d
Click the link above for Education Law §3012-d, which was added by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015 and amended by Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2019. 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 May 2020 meeting of the Board of Regents, proposed amendments were permanently adopted to amend Subparts 30-2 and 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents Relating to Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR) of Classroom Teachers and Building Principals to Implement Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2019.

Summary of Revised APPR Provisions 2019-2020 - The “Orange Memo”
The “Orange Memo” provides a summary of the regulations adopted by the Board of Regents to implement Education Law §3012-d as amended by the Laws of 2019.

Web-based APPR Form using SED Monitoring Aligned with §3012-d as amended by the Laws of 2019
LEAs are required to submit their completed APPR plans aligned with §3012-d as amended 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 as amended 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.