T-TESS Student Growth Measures
SLO Training Sessions
ESC Region 11 will train teams from each campus that will be implementing the SLO process. Teams should include central office and campus administrators as well as teacher leaders. These teams will then go back and provide training to other campus personnel.
ESC Region 11
Password: ESC11 SLO
White Settlement ISD
Password: White Settlement SLO
Password: Burleson SLO
Password: ARLINGTON SLO
Password: CALLISBURG SLO
Little Elm ISD
Password: LITTLEELM SLO
Waiver Request Template
Clarification: the waiver request for student growth applies to teacher appraisal, not principal appraisal.
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As you know, student growth as a required component of teacher appraisal takes effect in the 2017-2018 school year. As districts consider what student growth processes they’ll pursue and plan for implementation in 2017-2018, we want to ensure that the reality of implementing something as large as student growth doesn’t overwhelm what should be increasingly positive experiences with T-TESS and T-PESS.
Year two with T-TESS and T-PESS is where educators really settle in to the systems and become more efficient with and positive about appraisal as a growth process (as opposed to a rating process). We do not want districts to lose that success due to struggles with district-wide student growth implementation.
We would like to remind districts of their ability to apply to the commissioner for a waiver from the requirements to implement student growth in 2017-2018. The commissioner would look favorably upon such waiver requests provided that applying districts did commit to piloting student growth in some capacity during 2017-2018 school year.
Linked above is a waiver request template that your districts could us in crafting and submitting a waiver request to the commissioner.
1) Are there any requirements on the size of the pilot or what measures should be piloted?
a. No. Districts are free to pilot any of the four measures, and there isn’t a size limit to the pilot. As a coaching tip, too small of a pilot will lead to two issues – first, it won’t give the district any feel for what they will face in 2018-2019 when they implement whole district, and second, pilots work best when an entire entity participates (a whole campus, for example). When it’s less than a whole campus, the work tends to be “in addition to” and not “in lieu of” for principals, and the ability to champion or focus on it when it only affects a subset of teachers can be diminished.
2) When do waiver requests need to be submitted?
a. Districts should submit before the first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year to be safe.
3) Do school boards have to sign off on the waiver?
a. No, just the superintendent.
4) Are any districts in danger of having their waiver denied?
a. No, not as long as they commit to piloting student growth in 2017-2018.