Supporting Growth with T-TESS

Region 17

NEW T-PESS Rubric Training--Required Update

What You Need to Know

Our March 10th session is the first of several updates we will host for T-PESS. This is required training for districts who use T-PESS as their principal evaluation system. It can be informational for those who use another system. To be a T-PESS district in 2021-2022 and beyond, all principal appraisers must complete this training.

The primary changes to T-PESS are revisions to the T-PESS rubric. Stakeholder feedback indicated that the rubric could be improved primarily in three ways:

  1. Descriptor language could provide more clarity or specificity in the practices described;
  2. A preponderance of evidence approach to rating would be more effective than the current additive/cumulative approach to rating; and
  3. A clearer alignment to the Effective Schools Framework would help connect T-PESS to campus-based best practices.

New T-PESS Rubric Training--Update for Appraisers

Wednesday, March 10th, 1-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

The T-PESS rubric has been updated to reflect our shifting emphasis to instructional leadership over more managerial campus tasks. Come check out the rubric as you gear up for 2021-2022 leader evaluation processes.


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Want to know more about the Virtual T-TESS Rubric?

Principals Supporting Teachers and Virtual Instruction

Wednesday, March 3rd, 9am-12pm

This is an online event.

The increase in virtual classrooms has created a need for principals to observe and provide feedback for virtual instruction teachers. In this session, we will discuss the T-TESS Virtual Rubric created by the TEA and how it can be used to observe, coach, and support teachers who are instructing students virtually. We will explore how the Virtual Rubric is organized to highlight best practices in virtual instruction settings.

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered leaders.

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The Reasoning and Resources

TEA is going to provide an opportunity for districts to apply for an appraisal waiver. This allows you to apply for:

  • A waiver for the student growth component of teacher appraisal, or
  • A waiver for all aspects of teacher appraisal, and/or
  • A waiver for the student growth requirement in T-PESS.

Growth measures hinge on things like knowing where students started, where they end up, and then having a "bar" set for where they should end up to compare to. This will be very challenging in a year like this. While districts and teachers pivoted to online expectations and observation, there could still be gaps making data from observations less valid. Districts have to include attestation language that they will still provide obs/feedback to teachers and support teachers in how they respond to student learning data.

Guidance on Educator Evaluation and Non-Renewal

Steps for Appraisal Waivers

Then, as you continue with observations and feedback on the work, you may want to use these "look fors" in the virtual setting.

Virtual T-TESS Rubric Now Available

Given the increase in virtual classrooms and requests from districts statewide, the TEA has developed an aligned T-TESS rubric which isolates relevant, high-leverage practices in virtual instruction settings. This streamlined rubric will address the Planning, Instruction, and Learning Environment domains, including all current T-TESS dimensions within these domains. The rubric communicates best practices for virtual instruction and allows for focused observations and feedback with virtual instruction teachers. Here's the link to the rubric:

Flip-chart Update--Now With Connections to GBF and SLOs

We have many schools using Get Better Faster from Paul Bambrick-Santoyo as a feedback structure for instruction. With that in mind, the TEA appraisal team worked with Cliff Kinder from Region 3 to correlate components of GBF to the T-TESS rubric. Additionally, I included the rubric from the SLO training for schools using that growth measure. It's always been about having the tools you need in one place, so hopefully, the revisions work to further that goal. You'll also find information about Impact Coaching and Action Coaching that can be scheduled with ESC 17 (or your own regional service center if you are outside Region 17).

You can download the flip-chart at this link! If you have trouble, feel free to contact Syd Sexton at

Always consult your T-TESS Appraiser Training Handbook for full guidance on the T-TESS process.

AND . . . the Look Fors for on the go!

I've added a little set of Look For Cards to the Google drive. Print them out on one color or more (I divided the Domains so that you could easily print to different colors). Click here to download. Enjoy!

Student Growth Measures for You and Your Teachers

The state has published guidance on student growth for both T-TESS and T-PESS. Take a look at the documentation. The agency has thoughtfully involved instructional reflection as well as consideration of time in "office" in the growth measure methodologies. I think you'll be appropriately challenged by the expectations yet find the expectations workable as well.

Click here to view the T-TESS growth guidance.

Or here to view the T-PESS growth guidance.

As always, we are here to answer questions. Email me at

Presentation Archives

DOE Conference

Click here to access the handout for the goal-setting session and slides for all sessions.


Find the files from my presentation from TCDSS over T-TESS and ACCOUNTABILITY.


Click here for the T-TESS rubric and other handouts.

AIE Files

Click here to get the "Let T-TESS Coach Your Coaching" presentation, handout, and the skill-dimension crosswalk.

Click here for training files!

The T-TESS Roll-Out Google Drive has all the files from the Unpacking the T-TESS Rubric TOT. These resources are appropriate for beginning conversations with your staff prior to orientation and full implementation.