The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is a system designed by educators to support teachers in their professional growth.
What is T-TESS?
T-TESS strives to capture the holistic nature of teaching – the idea that a constant feedback loop exists between teachers and students, and gauging the effectiveness of teachers requires a consistent focus on how students respond to their teacher’s instructional practices. For those reasons, each of the observable domains in T-TESS focuses on teachers and students rather than separating them out into separate domains. Ultimately, T-TESS is a process that seeks to develop habits of continuous improvement, and the process itself best leads to that outcome when appraisers and teachers focus on evidence-based feedback and professional development decisions based on that feedback through ongoing dialogue and collaboration.
T-TESS includes three components:
- Goal-setting and professional development plan
- The evaluation cycle (including: pre-conference, observation, post-conference)
- Student growth measure
The T-TESS Rubric includes 4 Domains and 16 Dimensions. T-TESS domain and dimension rubrics include specific descriptors of practices and 5 performance levels; Distinguished, Accomplished, Proficient, Developing, and Improvement Needed.
- Standards and Alignment
- Data and Assessment
- Knowledge of Students
- Achieving Expectations
- Content Knowledge and Expertise
- Monitor and Adjust
- Classroom Environment, Routines and Procedures
- Managing Student Behavior
- Classroom Culture
Professional Practices and Responsibilities
- Professional Demeanor and Ethics
- Goal Setting
- Professional Development
- School Community Involvement
The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support (T-TESS) System supports teachers and as part of the continuous improvement process, teachers consistently hold themselves to a high standard for individual development and performance. They identify methods to collaborate with other educational professionals within and beyond the school to engage in purposeful and targeted professional learning opportunities, seek feedback, and refine their practices and skills. Including the teacher in a systematic way allows him or her to take an active role in his or her professional growth and development
Campus leaders conduct orientation session(s) for teachers who are new to T-TESS to familiarize them with the T-TESS process, its components, key staff roles and responsibilities, information and resources available during implementation, where to seek assistance, and how to develop and implement goals and professional development plans. The orientation serves as an initial overview that is supported with ongoing learning opportunities, thereafter.
For a brief overview of the entire evaluation process, check out this year at a glance timeline.
Select the following links to download T-TESS Teacher Resources: