In the final hours of this year's legislative session, the State Legislature passed a bill (A.10168) which is reportedly intended to mitigate any negative consequences to classroom teachers and building principals whose APPR ratings were affected by the transition to the Common Core. The legislation applies to any classroom teacher or building principal rated as Developing (“D”) or Ineffective (“I”) for the 2013-14 and/or 2014-15 school years where their APPR was based on State Assessments aligned to the Common Core (i.e. the 3-8 ELA and/or Math State tests). It is anticipated that the Governor will sign this legislation, and upon the Governor's signature, it will take effect immediately.
In addition, at its meeting of June 24, 2014, the Board of Regents adopted an emergency amendment to §30-2.1(d) of the Regents Rules relating to the termination of probationary teachers and principals for reasons other than their APPR composite score or rating.