Supporting Growth with T-TESS
A Coaching Opportunity
After an observation, appraisers should map evidence collected during the observation to the rubric and allow the evidence to drive the ratings for each dimension rather than selecting evidence to justify perceptions of the lesson. Evidence should be specific to the lesson observed, not general statements. Focus on QUALITY EVIDENCE!
The appraiser will then prepare for the post-conference by reviewing the rubric ratings and determining which areas would have the most potential for the teacher’s professional growth and the biggest benefit for student performance. Finally, the appraiser will prepare questions, evidence, examples, and recommendations to use during the post-conference.
How do I contribute to the culture?
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.
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 contact Misty Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org for a digital copy of the flipchart.
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
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.