The Board of Regents just confirmed the “transition” amendments to the Annual professional Performance Review (APPR) System.
What does this mean? Most of all, it is important to note that all districts must still complete their APPR plan as approved, whether a §3012-c or §3012-d plan. The emergency changes to the APPR regulations mean that for some people (those connected to 3-8 state assessments and state-provided growth scores) districts will also provide a transition score.
There are two parts to the transition. Since we are in the middle of a school year, transition scores (for those who need one) will leave the state-provided scores out of a person’s APPR transition score. Since §3012-c still requires the calculation of a summary score out of 100, the remaining subcomponents will be scaled up to 100 for the impacted personnel. For §3012-d district personnel impacted by this decision, just the classroom observation label will be used (unless supplemental measures a part of their approved plan which would still be used).
After this school year, for the remainder of the transition period which is through school year 2018-2019, districts will have to use SLOs for everyone that are not based on 3-8 ELA and math assessments. Districts which have approved §3012-d plans will have to make changes. Districts that are developing §3012-d plans while operating under a waiver will have to make sure their new plans reflect this prior to going into the Review Room for approval. That hardship waiver is now automatically extended – a §3012-d plan must be submitted to SED no later than July 1, 2016 for approval and implementation by September 1, 2016. The assessments that are used for SLOs will have to be approved by SED, including vendor and locally-produced assessments (that list can be found here). The state will continue to provide growth scores as they have been. These scores will be advisory for teachers and principals but may be used for school/district accountability purposes.
Districts with approved §3012-d plans will not be required to re-open their complete APPR plan for review. Rather, they will submit a supplemental form that outlines what will be done during the remainder of the transition period. When §3012-c districts submit a §3012-d plan for approval, they will describe what will be used during the transition period for impacted personnel.
The immediate relief that has been provided to all districts means that no back-up SLOs have to be created/recreated during the middle of the school year. During the next few years, districts will have plans for impacted personnel. During this transition period, districts will have to provide original ratings and transition ratings to the state and to requesting parents.