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Texas Evaluation and Support System: T-TESS and T-PESS Pilot Projects


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ILD/AEL UPDATE

ILD (Instructional Leadership Development) as a face-to-face training is being phased out across the state and will no longer be offered this year. The last ILD online session is currently underway at this time; ILD online also will be phased out at end of December 2015. In the months of September and October, 56 participants completed ILD face-to-face and online trainings.
 
AEL (Advancing Educational Leadership) has now taken the place of ILD as the newly developed course across the state. AEL is offered only as a three-day face-to-face training. The AEL certification is anticipated to continue to be a training requirement for administrators in order to evaluate teachers (subject to proposed TAC 150 revisions). Region 4 served a total of 56 participants in the new AEL sessions offered this fall (Saturday sessions in September and sessions offered during the week in October). New AEL sessions will continue to be available throughout the year. Administrators who have already taken ILD do NOT need to sign-up to take the new AEL. 
 
T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) three-day training has been provided throughout the fall to support pilot refinement districts, districts that are tentatively considering participation in the 2016–2017 school year, and professors from institutes of higher education. Region 4 served 26 participants during the October T-TESS training.
T-PESS (Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System) two-day training has also been provided throughout the fall to pilot refinement districts, districts that are tentatively considering participation in the 2016–2017 school year, and professors from institutes of higher education. Region 4 served 9 participants during the fall T-PESS training.
 
PDAS (Professional Development and Appraisal System) training was also provided this fall to 37 participants who were new administrators/teacher evaluators in districts that currently require the PDAS evaluation process in the 2015–2016 school year. Many of these participants indicated that they will also be training in the T-TESS model in preparation to final TAC 150 rule change and the transition to the 2016–2017 school year once statewide rollout begins.
 
T-TESS and T-PESS overview sessions were held in September and October. These two sessions had 75 participants. An overview session was also provided to the Human Resources Administrators Network with 76 attendees. 
 
Phase 1 of the training will be held January through May 2016 with 14 T-TESS sessions and five T-PESS sessions currently offered at Region 4. Registration for these sessions is available online. Administrators at districts that will be implementing in the 2016–2017 school year are encouraged to train during these Phase 1 session dates. 
 
Phase 2 of the trainings will be held May through August 2016 at district cohort sites. These summer session dates will be available at the end of January 2016.
 
For more information, please visit the following:
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708