Educator Evaluation and Support Systems (Teacher and Principal)

The Need

The state's previous teacher evaluation system did not provide a supportive, continuous focus on instructional growth and had limited impact on improving student learning. Texas also did not have a recommended principal evaluation system, despite findings that school leaders are responsible for as much as 25 percent of the total school effect on student learning[1]. As a result, TEA developed and implemented the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) and the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) to encourage more frequent, timely, and formative feedback and incorporate multiple indicators of success, including measures of student learning. With both systems going to scale in the 2016-17 school year, TEA requested assistance to support implementation fidelity and ensure alignment with the state’s integrated supports for educator and leader quality.

Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)

The state's previous teacher evaluation system did not provide a supportive, continuous focus on instructional growth and had limited impact on improving student learning. As a result, TEA developed and implemented the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) to encourage more frequent, timely, and formative feedback and incorporate multiple indicators of success, including measures of student learning. With this system going to scale in the 2016-17 school year, TEA needs assistance to identify additional needs for system improvements that will support implementation fidelity.

Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS)

Until recently, Texas did not have a recommended principal evaluation system, despite findings that school leaders are responsible for as much as 25 percent of the total school effect on student learning (Liethwood, Louis, Anderson, & Walhstrom, 2004). Recognizing the importance of effective principals for improved student outcomes, TEA identified the need for a principal evaluation system informed by research to provide specific feedback and support for school leaders. TEA needs assistance with statewide rollout to ensure that this project is aligned with the state’s needs for integrated supports for educator and leader quality.

TXCC Response

During the initial phase of this project, TXCC assisted TEA in the facilitation of steering committees of educators and stakeholders in revising teacher standards and in developing new evaluation/observation rubrics in collaboration with TEA’s vendors, NIET and McREL. Year 3 and 4 work focused on pilot implementation and rule revision in preparation for full implementation of the new teacher and principal systems. Year 5 work will include supporting TEA during the 2016-17 full implementation of T-TESS and T-PESS by building the Agency's capacity for information gathering to inform needed changes to the systems.