Teachers may be appraised annually, through either a locally developed process or the TEA-recommended appraisal process — T-TESS. (The state has a separate instrument for counselors, and districts may adopt local instruments to appraise other types of employees.) 

State law requires the commissioner to adopt a state-recommended system for the teacher appraisal process with criteria based on “observable, job-related behavior, including: (1) teachers’ implementation of discipline management procedures; and (2) the performance of teachers’ students.” Local school districts are not required to use the state-recommended system. If they choose not to, state law also allows them to use teacher appraisal systems developed by district and campus site-based decision-making committees that include the same two criteria as the state system. 

On April 13, 2016, TEA issued rules for its new state-recommended teacher appraisal system, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), which is scheduled to go into effect with the start of the 2016-17 school year, although the student growth component is not scheduled to go into effect until the 2017-18 school year. T-TESS replaces the Professional Development and Appraisal System as the state-recommended teacher appraisal system.

Helpful Link

T-TESS Implementation Guidebook

Related CPE Course

TCTA members may earn 1.25 hours of CPE credit for the following online CPE courses.
Preview of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System
Teacher Quality, Assessment and Accountability

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