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T-TESS Appraisals

T-TESS is the Texas recommended appraisal process designed to evaluate classroom teachers and establish a system of ongoing support.  The comprehensive T-TESS rubric includes specific domains, dimensions, descriptors, and performance levels to assess a teacher’s level of instructional proficiency.  An in-depth understanding of how their performance will be measured using the rubric is essential for teachers to thoroughly engage in the T-TESS appraisal process.

The T-TESS appraisal process has changed as a result of the Master Teacher Initiative (MTI) 2.0 and Beyond.  Beginning in 2020-21, all teachers will receive formal and informal (walkthrough) observations, as follows:

Performance/          Designation Level Formal  Observations Comprehensive Walkthroughs Snapshot Walkthroughs
 

Master

1

No Minimum

2

Exemplary

1

2

2

Recognized

1

2

4

Proficient

1

2

6

Developing & New to SAISD*

1

4

10

* Teachers who are new to SAISD and have an existing state designation of Master, Exemplary, or Recognized resulting from their prior district's engagement in the Teacher Incentive Allotment will receive formal/informal appraisals based on the designation level on their Texas Teacher Certificate.

  • District staff can access these and other T-TESS resources in the Appraisal Hub.

    • T-TESS Goal-Setting and Professional Development Plan
    • T-TESS Formal Observation
    • T-TESS Walkthroughs
    • T-TESS End-of-Year Conference
  • District staff can access T-TESS training resources in Performance Matters and the Appraisal Hub.

    If you require training in any of the following areas, please reach out to Jill Rhodes Pruin in the Office of Continuous Improvement:

    • T-TESS Appraiser Training
    • Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) Appraisal Training

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