The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)
is a system designed by educators to support teachers in their professional growth. Please click on the following link to learn more about T-TESS: T-TESS Official Website
T-TESS includes three components:
• Goal-setting and professional development plan
• The evaluation cycle (including: pre-conference, observation, post-conference)
• Student growth measure
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.