In an effort to update PDAS, and in exchange for a waiver from the federal ESEA/NCLB Act accountability AYP requirements, TEA is developing a new statewide teacher appraisal system, which includes a student growth component, comprised of a value-added measure of student growth for certain teachers of tested subjects, and other measures of student growth for all other teachers. Tim Regal, former high school English teacher and department chair in Pflugerville ISD, gives you a close-up look at the new system being piloted in 70 school districts in 2014-15. Details are not expected to be finalized until after the 2015 legislative session, when the new system is scheduled to go into effect statewide in the 2015-16 school year. You will hear about the process for building the pilot teacher evaluation system, the timeline for implementation and the components of the system, including observation, self-assessment and student growth. The presenter also discusses the focus and goal of the evaluation system — a formative process that leads to actionable feedback and collaborative campus environments.
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