Supporting Growth with T-TESS
Student Learning Objectives (SLO) for TIA
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.
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
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.
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.
T-TESS for Field Supervisors - Observation Training
Tuesday, Feb. 1st 2022 at 9am-4pm
Region 17 ESC, Room 8/9
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:
- Descriptor language could provide more clarity or specificity in the practices described;
- A preponderance of evidence approach to rating would be more effective than the current additive/cumulative approach to rating; and
- 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).
Always consult your T-TESS Appraiser Training Handbook for full guidance on the T-TESS process.
AND . . . the Look Fors for on the go!
Texas Education Agency
Click here for TEA's T-TESS page where both TEC and TAC links can be found as well as information on the upcoming SLO process.
Teach for Texas
Click here for the materials and resources housed at the Teach for Texas site including the appraiser training guide.
Advancing Ed. Leadership
Click here to read more about AEL, the new ILD. Is it time to advance your educational leadership of your team?
Texas Education Agency
Teach for Texas
Student Growth Measures for You and Your Teachers
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.
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 to get the "Let T-TESS Coach Your Coaching" presentation, handout, and the skill-dimension crosswalk.
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.