Supporting Growth Through T-TESS

Region 17

T-TESS for Mid-Year Hires

We are offering a mid-year overview and goal-setting session next Thursday, February 15th. Send your new teachers who need to get up to speed with T-TESS. It will be a fun day of T-TESS exploration as well as planning a shorter-term goal to complete this spring. Have your teachers register here!

Hey, could you remind me . . .

What part of T-TESS I should be focused on right now?

I can. I have set up Remind groups, one for monthly reminders of all critical T-TESS "To Do" items and another for weekly reminders and observation challenges. Choose the one that fits your needs and enjoy reminders with a little humor now and then to keep you on track with your T-TESS work.

Weekly Reminders and Challenges

With weekly reminders, you will get recommendations for what to observe and document each week based on a school-year HR calendar. On weeks not recommended for formal appraisal, I'll send fun challenges that get you out into classrooms with purpose. Click here to be added to the weekly reminder list OR text @ttessw to 81010.

Monthly Reminders

With monthly reminders, you will get a rundown of what all you should tackle each month to adhere to a school-year HR calendar (if you are on a Jan-Dec HR calendar, contact me for a pacing guide). Click here to be added to the monthly reminder list OR text @38adg8 to 81010.

Rubric Update

10-31-17: Update to flip chart due to a portion being upside down on the page.

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.