TEA announced that, given the increase in virtual classrooms and requests from districts statewide, TEA has developed an aligned T-TESS rubric which isolates relevant, high-leverage practices in virtual instruction settings. Domains 1 through 3 of the original T-TESS rubric (Planning, Instruction, and Learning Environment domains, including all current T-TESS dimensions within these domains) have been modified to better fit virtual teaching assignments. Domain 4 descriptors on the Virtual T-TESS rubric are the exact same language as the original T-TESS rubric. 

According to TEA, for virtual teaching assignments persisting far enough into the school year to impact appraisal timelines, this rubric can be used as the basis for teacher ratings in lieu of the original T-TESS rubric. Click here to read more.