NY State Policy Context

Education Law 3012-c

In May 2010, New York State passed education law 3012-c, mandating significant changes to how educators throughout New York State are evaluated and supported. The law is intended to foster teacher development and create more rigorous, fair and accurate assessments of teacher effectiveness than the previous Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory evaluation system, through the use of multiple measures.


Key features of 3012-c:

  1. All classroom teachers are evaluated annually on a 4-point rating scale (Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, Ineffective)
  2. 60% of a teacher’s evaluation is based on measures of teacher practice. Under 3012-c, at least half of this 60% must be based on classroom observations using a research-based rubric of teacher practice; additional measures of teacher practice may include student surveys, parent surveys, and teacher portfolios.
  3. 40% of a teacher’s evaluation is based on measures of student learning.
  4. Teachers receive timely and constructive feedback, including individualized improvement plans for teachers who receive a Developing or Ineffective rating.

To learn more about Advance, New York City’s new system of teacher evaluation and development, and how the City has prepared to implement this law in fall 2013 visit Preparing for Advance.

While the focus of this website is teacher effectiveness in New York City, it is important to note that education law 3012-c also requires districts to establish a new, multiple-measures annual performance review process for principals. Click here to learn more about New York City’s new system of principal evaluation and development.

For more information about New York State education law 3012-c, visit the New York State Education Department (NYSED)’s EngageNY website.