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    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.