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

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This post is intended to provide clarity around the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law on December 10th and the state’s implementation of the new evaluation systems, T-TESS and T-PESS.
We have received direct guidance from TEA and want to clarify that this bill does not impact the agency’s plan for implementing the new teacher and principal appraisal systems in any way.
According to the agency, “The new teacher and principal appraisal systems, T-TESS and T-PESS, respectively, were designed based on the recommendations of our state educators and in the best interest of educator development.  The Texas Education Agency did not shape any component of either T-TESS or T-PESS for the purpose of securing a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act.  TEA and the twenty regional service centers will continue with the work of supporting districts as they transition to T-TESS and T-PESS.”
A few additional facts for you:
  • T-TESS and T-PESS will become the state recommended option for teacher and principal appraisal systems with the 2016-2017 school year. 
  • Student growth is scheduled to become a required component of all teacher appraisal systems and T-PESS during the 2017-2018 school year. 
  • Even though all districts will be required to implement student growth as a part of their teacher appraisal system in 2017-2018, no district will be required to use state test scores as their measure of student growth (there are four currently proposed ways to measure student growth and it is proposed that districts be free to choose from any of those four options).  Please click here to review the currently proposed rules and four options on the TEA website:  Proposed Commissioner Rules-Chapter 150
I hope this assists in your planning.  We are here to support you in your efforts, so please let me know if we can further assist!
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