senate Bill S6006

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to annual professional performance review agreements

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Jun 20, 2014 recommitted to rules
Jan 23, 2014 advanced to third reading
Jan 22, 2014 2nd report cal.
Jan 14, 2014 1st report cal.27
Jan 09, 2014 committee discharged and committed to education
Jan 08, 2014 referred to rules
Dec 11, 2013 referred to rules

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S6006 - Bill Details

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A8354
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Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3012-c, Ed L

S6006 - Bill Texts

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Relates to annual professional performance review agreements.

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BILL NUMBER:S6006

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
annual professional performance review agreements

PURPOSE:

This bill would require the commissioner to expedite his or her review
of annual professional performance review plans that are submitted
solely to eliminate unnecessary student assessments.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Section 1 amends paragraph k of subdivision 2 of section
3012-c of the education law, as amended by chapter 21 of the laws of
2012, by requiring the commissioner to expedite his or her review of
annual professional performance review ("APPR") plans that are
submitted solely to eliminate unnecessary student assessments. The
commissioner' s review would be limited solely to the issue of
unnecessary testing of students. The governing body of such school
district or BOCES would have to provide a written explanation of the
changes to their collectively bargained APPR plans as well as a
certification that no other material changes have been made to their
APPR plans.

Section 2: Section 2 would set forth an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

In order to meet the statutory deadline for annual professional
performance review ("APPR") plans to be submitted to the department
for approval, many districts and local bargaining units opted to use
pre- and post-tests that measure student growth, particularly in
courses and grades that do not have a specific state measure of
assessment (Federally mandated but administered by the State), and/or
certain standardized assessments that are not being used for a
diagnostic purpose or are not federally required on children in grades
kindergarten through grade 2.

Understanding the concern of parents and the impact unnecessary
testing can have on students, districts and unions are going "back to
the table" to re-negotiate their APPR plans to reduce or eliminate
many or all of the unnecessary tests that they originally agreed to..
This bill seeks to encourage all districts to reassess and reduce or
eliminate any unnecessary tests that were collectively bargained, with
an incentive that the review of such changes will be expeditiously
reviewed by the commissioner and that the commissioner's review will
be limited only to the changes that address the unnecessary testing of
students, to functionally address a legitimate and burgeoning area of
concern.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6006

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            December 11, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  annual  professional
  performance review agreements

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph k of subdivision  2  of  section  3012-c  of  the
education law, as added by chapter 21 of the laws of 2012, is amended to
read as follows:
  k.  Notwithstanding  any other provision of law, rule or regulation to
the contrary, by July first, two thousand twelve, the governing body  of
each school district and board of cooperative educational services shall
adopt  a  plan, on a form prescribed by the commissioner, for the annual
professional performance review of all of  its  classroom  teachers  and
building  principals in accordance with the requirements of this section
and the regulations of the commissioner, and shall submit such  plan  to
the  commissioner  for approval. The plan may be an annual or multi-year
plan, for the annual professional  performance  review  of  all  of  its
classroom  teachers  and  building  principals.  The  commissioner shall
approve or reject the plan by September first, two thousand  twelve,  or
as  soon  as  practicable thereafter. The commissioner may reject a plan
that does not rigorously adhere to the provisions of  this  section  and
the  regulations  of  the commissioner. Should any plan be rejected, the
commissioner shall describe each deficiency in the  submitted  plan  and
direct that each such deficiency be resolved through collective bargain-
ing  to  the extent required under article fourteen of the civil service
law. If any material changes are made to the plan, the  school  district
or  board  of  cooperative educational services must submit the material
changes, on a form prescribed by the commissioner, to  the  commissioner
for  approval.    IF MATERIAL CHANGES ARE SUBMITTED FOR AN APPROVED PLAN
THAT SOLELY RELATE TO THE ELIMINATION  OF  UNNECESSARY  STUDENT  ASSESS-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13260-01-3

S. 6006                             2

MENTS, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL EXPEDITE HIS OR HER REVIEW OF SUCH MATERI-
AL  CHANGES  AND SOLELY REVIEW THOSE SECTIONS OF THE PLAN THAT RELATE TO
THE ELIMINATED  STUDENT  ASSESSMENTS  TO  ENSURE  COMPLIANCE  WITH  THIS
SECTION  AND  THE  REGULATIONS  OF  THE  COMMISSIONER, PROVIDED THAT THE
GOVERNING BODY OF SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT OR BOARD  OF  COOPERATIVE  EDUCA-
TIONAL  SERVICES  PROVIDE  A WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF THE MATERIAL CHANGES
SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL, ON A FORM PRESCRIBED BY  THE  COMMISSIONER,  AND
CERTIFY  THAT  NO  OTHER  MATERIAL  CHANGES  HAVE BEEN MADE TO ANY OTHER
SECTIONS OF THE CURRENTLY APPROVED PLAN. To  the  extent  that  by  July
first,  two thousand twelve, or by July first of any subsequent year, if
all the terms of the plan have not been finalized as a result  of  unre-
solved  collective  bargaining  negotiations,  the  entire plan shall be
submitted to the commissioner upon  resolution  of  all  of  its  terms,
consistent with article fourteen of the civil service law.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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