The Classroom Teacher, summer 2014

After submitting final guidelines for new teacher and principal evaluation systems to the U.S. Department of Education May 2, 2014, TEA finally released details to the public on the proposed teacher evaluation system that will be piloted this fall in about 60 Texas school districts. (The number keeps changing as districts opt out.)

The new system is the result of an agreement that Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams made with the U.S. Department of Education. In exchange for a waiver from federal AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) and other requirements under the NCLB/ESEA, the commissioner committed to instituting statewide teacher and principal evaluation and support systems that include student growth on state standardized tests as a significant factor (at least 20 percent) in determining a teacher’s or principal’s summative evaluation rating.

Originally slated to be fully implemented in the 2015-16 school year, Williams notified the Department in July 2014 that Texas will need an additional year of piloting for “system refinement,” seeking delay of the scheduled statewide implementation of the evaluation system until 2016-17.

See:

Commissioner submits request that would delay new teacher evaluation system

Overview of the proposed teacher evaluation system

Problems with the proposed teacher evaluation system

Evolution of the proposed teacher evaluation system

TCTA asks TEA and legislators to delay new teacher evaluation system

What's next for the proposed teacher evaluation system as 2014-15 kicks off?