Supporting Growth Through T-TESS

Region 17

Testing in Progress: T-TESS Recertification Test Available

For almost all of you, it is your third year to take the T-TESS certification test before getting to take a few years off. The test is available now. Log in at to check your certification status!

Tips for Test Prep

  • Get back into the rubric.
  • Anchor in proficient. Think about what that looks like in practice.
  • Script! Make notes about what the teacher says and does and what the students say and do.
  • Think, but don't overthink.
  • Take the test BEFORE you evaluate any teachers in the 18-19 school year.

Map Out Your Summer Learning

This time of year gets here so soon every year! It is a great time to reflect on the year and isolate where you can improve as a leader. It is also a great time of year to send your team off with a plan for how they can improve. T-TESS and T-PESS goal conversations provide for this kind of planning. Below are the T-TESS trainings we have for both leaders and teachers and the T-PESS trainings for administrator appraisers. Join us. Get a plan for getting better. You won't regret it.

T-TESS for Teachers!

Teacher T-TESS Overview & Goal-Setting

Monday, Aug. 13th, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

This training is perfect for new teachers or teachers who want a T-TESS reminder.

Register here:

Teacher T-TESS Overview & Goal-Setting (Repeat)

Thursday, Aug. 16th, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

This is a repeat of the August 13th training day in case that day doesn't work with your schedule.

Register here:

Training for New Appraisers

AEL (Advancing Education Leadership)

Monday, July 30th, 9am to Wednesday, Aug. 1st, 4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

AEL is leadership and organizational culture training for instructional leaders. It is a co-requirement of T-TESS training to become a certified appraiser of teachers in Texas.

Register here:

T-TESS Appraiser Training

Monday, Aug. 6th, 8:30am to Wednesday, Aug. 8th, 4:30pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

This is a second opportunity to take the required three-day training to be an appraiser of teachers in the state of Texas.

Register here:

T-PESS Appraiser Training

Thursday, Aug. 9th, 9am to Friday, Aug. 10th, 4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

This training is required for T-PESS appraisers and is also a good training for principals to understand the expectations of the state for instructional leaders.

Register here:

STRIVE Dimension Tags w/Misty Castro

As you are compiling year-end evaluation data, check out this three and a half minute video about tagging your observations so that data can be compiled neatly for year-end (AKA summative) conversations as well as goal-setting. Just tag it! And if you have questions, email

If you are already finished for this year, set up your forms this way for next year!

Hey, could you remind me . . .

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

I had originally done two remind groups, one monthly for fewer messages and one weekly for more details. However, what I ended up doing was sending too few messages to both!

I'm combining the Remind updates into one list, AND I promise to do a better job reminding through the 2018-19 school year. If you are on the monthly list, you needn't do a thing. If you are on the weekly (or you're just not sure which you are), you need to go to this remind group or text @38adg8 to the number 81010 to join. Reminders will continue through the summer around STRIVE set up as well as summer training, and then reminders in the fall will keep you paced on your feedback and coaching processes.

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.