Supporting Growth with T-TESS

Region 17

Student Learning Objectives (SLO) for TIA

When SLO processes are crafted as valid and reliable measures of student growth, they can be used for purposes of the student growth measure required by TIA. The SLO chosen must align to a major standard or foundational skill of the course. Tasks/assignments/projects/ assessments to be included in the body of evidence for the SLO must align directly to the selected learning objective and accurately measure student progress toward mastery of the objective. Using multiple sources of data, teachers will determine the beginning of the year preparedness level of each student covered in the SLO.

In order for student work to qualify as a valid part of the Body of Evidence, the content of the assignment must align directly to the learning objective and the assignment itself must directly measure student progress toward increased proficiency. It is critical that SLOs used for purposes of TIA determine end-of-year student progress on an entire body of evidence of student work, not just one BOY and one EOY assessment. In order to increase the accuracy of the body of evidence, it is recommended that it include multiple pieces of student work (best practice is at least 5) that represent the student's mastery throughout the year.

Click here for the updated SLO Administrator Guide.

Upcoming Appraisal Trainings

AEL (Advancing Educational Leadership)

Tuesday, Jan. 18th 2022 at 8:30am to Thursday, Jan. 20th 2022 at 4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

Now more than ever, effective school leaders are critical to successful student outcomes. With the implementation of the Texas Teacher Evaluation Support System (T-TESS), administrators in Texas must support the impactful strategies and provide support designed to improve instruction and student performance at the campus and district level.

Administrators must be knowledgeable in curriculum and instruction, must be skillful in data gathering and analysis, must be able to set goals, must be skillful in conducting effective conferences, must have team-building skills and conflict resolution skills, and have mentoring and coaching skills. In order to meet these expectations, the Texas Education Agency and ESC Region 13 have developed Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL). This three-day engaging and research based training is required for teacher appraisers along with T-TESS evaluation training.

This three-day engaging and research based training is required for administrators utilizing the T-TESS rubric to appraise teachers.

Click here to register.

T-TESS for Administrators

Tuesday, Jan. 25th 2022 at 8:30am to Thursday, Jan. 27th 2022 at 4pm

Region 17 ESC, South Conference Room F

The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System ( T-TESS ) is the appraisal instrument for Texas educators. This three-day training will introduce administrators to the teacher observation processes, rubric, self-assessment and goal setting, and pre- and post-conference components. Administrators will receive additional practice in observing teachers and conducting effective conferences. Administrators who complete the training are approved for taking the certification test to appraise teachers in the state of Texas.

This training is required for anyone that will be appraising teachers. Successful completion of the Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) or ILD training is a co-requisite to appraising teachers in Texas.

Participants must attend all three days of the training to receive course credit.

Click here to register.

T-TESS for Field Supervisors - Observation Training

Tuesday, Feb. 1st 2022 at 9am-4pm

Region 17 ESC, Room 8/9

Field Supervisor Observation Training for Teacher Certification Candidates is training developed for providing guidelines and instruction in delivering structures and practices for field supervisor observation visits to teacher candidates participating in clinical teaching or internship experiences through educator preparation programs (EPPs).

Click here to Register.

NEW T-PESS Rubric Training--Required Update

What you Need to Know

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.

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 Updated SLO Rubric and TIL Information

We've now included the updated rubric from the SLO training for schools using that growth measure. You'll also find information about Texas Instructional Leadership training 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 Misty Castro 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.

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.