Supporting Growth Through T-TESS

Region 17

Last Call for the Fall!

See below for registration links for the final T-TESS Overview & Goal-Setting training of the fall for those late hire teachers AND the final SLO overview that will offer sub reimbursement.

T-TESS Overview & Goal-Setting

Wednesday, Sep. 20th, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

This session is for new or experienced teachers to better understand how T-TESS works and set a goal around the dimensions for professional growth.

Register Here:

Student Learning Objective (SLO) Training

Friday, Sep. 22nd, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

This session is for you or your teachers who are piloting the SLO method of measuring student growth for the 17-18 school year. With our funding deadlines, this will be the last SLO training where sub reimbursement is offered. Sub pay can only be offered for Region 17 districts.

Register Here:

How to Measure Growth

As you begin conversations around the student growth measure, you are not alone. The state wants this to work, and they've put supports into place to create success.

Practice without penalty.

First, know that the state wants the student growth launch to go well, and in that spirit, they have allowed for districts to pilot the program with a portion of their teachers instead of the entire staff in the '17-'18 school year. For more information on the necessary waiver, please contact me at

We can teach you a thing or two.

Then, we offer training/guidance over your options for measuring student growth via Student Learning Objectives (SLO) training that can help you craft your own model or even evaluate based on portfolios. We have one more training for SLOs scheduled this fall (supports can be scheduled beyond this date). The SLO training will be this Friday, September 22nd, from 9:00 to about 3:30. Register here!

Rubric Update

There were some subtle changes in the language of the rubric released last fall. I've now updated the flip chart with those changes.

Click here for the Rubric Tool Flip Chart!

If you have any trouble with the document, feel free to email me at

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

AND . . . the Look Fors 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

T-TESS Tips Newsletter

Take a look at the May T-TESS Tips including a focus on student-centered instruction and classrooms by clicking here!

ICYMI: Campus Phase-In Guide

Not sure where you should be with your T-TESS roll-out? Take a look at the Campus Phase-In Guide here. This provides a perfect checklist for you to focus your work as you start year two of T-TESS implementation. Check out other resources at Teach for Texas. Start small, finish strong!

Workshops Searchable by T-TESS/T-PESS

Our ESCWorks system now has the capability of being searched by T-TESS Dimension or T-PESS Standard to support you in looking for training tied to goals. Click "Search by Keyword" on the left, then the T-TESS/T-PESS correlations are under the search bar (see picture to the right).

T-TESS for the LID Classroom from Region 20

As you know, we are in the early stages of T-TESS with additional resources and informative items coming out almost weekly. Region 20 has put together a great tool for applying the T-TESS rubric to low-incidence disabilities classrooms. Check out their resource here:

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.