On April 13, 2016, TEA issued finally adopted rules for its new state-recommended teacher appraisal system, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), which goes into effect with the start of the 2016-2017 school year. 

Goal-Setting and Professional Development Plan

The rules provide that for teachers new to the district or in their first year of T-TESS, a teacher must develop his/her Goal-Setting and Professional Development Plan, participate in GSPDP conference with his/her appraiser, and submit the plan to his/her appraiser within the first six weeks from the day of completing the T-TESS orientation. For all other teachers (i.e. teachers in their second year of T-TESS), the rules require that a teacher take their GSPDP from the previous year and revise it as needed based on changes to the context of the teacher's assignment during the current school year, and submit it to their appraiser within the first six weeks of instruction.

All teachers are required to maintain the GSPDP throughout the course of the school year to track progress toward their goals and participation in the professional development activities included in the plan. They are also required to share their GSPDP with their appraiser prior to their end-of-year conference and the GSPDP is used by the appraiser to determine the teacher’s ratings for the goal-setting and professional development dimensions of the T-TESS rubric.

Click the links below for a look at other key aspects of the final rules for teacher appraisal systems: