Educator Evaluation and Support Systems (Teacher and Principal)

Priority Alignment
Great Teachers and Leaders
Standards and Assessment
As part of its conditionally approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request and, in the case of principal evaluation, bolstered by state legislation, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is piloting new teacher and principal evaluation and support systems. During Year 2, the 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 systems. Year 5 work will include supporting TEA during the 2016-17 full implementation of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) and theTexas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) by building the Agency's capacity for information gathering to inform needed changes to the systems.
Progress to Date
  • TXCC staff collaborated with with Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff to plan for the Year 5 work including the Spotlight studies. Year 5 planning included multiple meetings focused on the needs of both the teacher and principal evaluation and support systems. During the Spotlight study planning meetings, three rural districts with a history of success were identified with a fourth district pending inclusion. Interviews will be conducted in these districts to identify possible common themes leading to their success. This information would be shared in a report as well as in other formats.
  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released a new human resources personnel survey designed to capture central office staffs’ perceptions and feedback on the implementation of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) and the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS). These additional data will provide robust information on how districts are experiencing and implementing the new system. The information collected should be useful to TEA as it prepares for full-scale implementation in the fall of 2016. In addition, TXCC, in collaboration with TEA, designed and implemented the first T-PESS survey. This survey was designed to gather information on the effectiveness of the system’s implementation in refinement districts. Data from this survey will inform changes in training and implementation at the state and education service center (ESC) levels for the 2016-17 school year.

Teachers Work Years 1-4 Project Updatees 2014–2015

Principal Work Years 1-4 Project Updatees 2014–2015

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