The State Legislature has passed a bill to waive teacher evaluation for this school year (a little late don't you think?). We have updated information this morning that Governor Cuomo has signed it.
This came from NY BAT's June 7 on Twitter.
PANDEMIC EVALUATIONS? Bill passed by NYS Assembly + Senate to waive controversial APPR teacher evaluation system for this school year has just been delivered to @NYGovCuomo to sign or veto within 10 days https://nysenate.gov//legislation/bills/2021/S5576
Had this bill been signed into law in April it could have saved principals across the state the time/difficulty of conducting remote observations for which there are no standards or guidance.
The bill's language that I think you mostly want to see:
§ 3. Section 3012-d of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 17 to read as follows:
17. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SECTION, FOR THE TWO THOUSAND TWENTY--TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-ONE SCHOOL YEAR, NO SCHOOL DISTRICT OR BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES SHALL COMPLETE AN ANNUAL TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL EVALUATION REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION FOR ANY CLASSROOM TEACHER OR BUILDING PRINCIPAL AND STATE FUNDING SHALL NOT BE WITHHELD FROM ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR NOT COMPLYING WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION.