TCTA was invited to present observations to an educator quality subcommittee of the House Public Education committee on the new teacher evaluation system currently being piloted in more than 60 school districts. 

The new evaluation system, dubbed the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (TTESS), was developed as a result of requirements in Texas’ NCLB waiver agreement for the state to adopt a teacher evaluation system based in significant part based on student growth on state tests (for teachers of tested subjects). 

TCTA has consistently objected to this requirement and presented testimony at the subcommittee hearing pointing out our many concerns about the proposed evaluation system, enumerated in our written comments available here

TCTA will continue to monitor and oppose efforts to require that teacher evaluations be based in part on student state test performance.