All Aboriginal people can choose to continue their current 3012-d transition plan until a new collective agreement in accordance with the new law is adopted without loss of state aid. All measures already approved for use in APPR must remain options under the new legislation. For example, if negotiations are underway in the field, all teachers, including teachers of high school regents, could be covered by group measures, which would eliminate the high use of each SLO. The amendments do not give the Commissioner new authority, the Commissioner cannot remove any of the measures already approved for student performance, nor can the Commissioner write a new test. As part of New York State`s COVID 19 emergency measures, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order on June 7, 2020, for APPR assessments and 2019-20 school year mandate decisions, which depend on these ratings. Due to previous state emergency measures for school building closures, virtual education and the removal of government assessments, districts have been unable to complete and comply with approved plans to review the annual professional performance review. In most districts, the personal observations required by teachers were not complete prior to the closure of the buildings and the necessary student performance assessments, used for most teachers in their approved plans, were cancelled due to the pandemic. The selection of the practical section of teaching, which must be used in the category “teacher observation,” must be negotiated locally from a menu of state-approved topics. Although the renegotiated plans are in compliance with the Act (3012-d, as amended by Chapter 59 of the 2019 Acts), districts may request a waiver from one or more of the requirements of the APPR regulations, with the Act entrusting the Commissioner with responsibility for setting standards and procedures. These waivers can be granted to a district that negotiates the development and implementation of new and innovative approaches. These approaches must meet certain criteria and the district must demonstrate how it can ensure differentiated outcomes over time and how evaluation results are used to provide teachers with personalized professional learning opportunities. Districts must submit and receive, before or at the same time as the waiver model, an evaluation plan that meets all the requirements of Section 3012-d and Subsection 30-3 of the Police Stations. The student benefit category still has a required sub-component and an optional sub-component, all negotiated locally.
The first sub-component is a SLO consistent with a goal process determined or developed by the Commissioner, which leads to student growth.