Performance and Development

Teacher performance is in the national spotlight as school improvement efforts look for the keys to student success.  In Texas, requirements for developing instructional skills and assessing teacher and administrator performance have been in place for many years, as have written standards of conduct for school employees.  The following resources relate to employee standards of conduct, staff development, and performance evaluations.

Employee Standards of Conduct
Staff Development
Performance Evaluations

Employee Standards of Conduct

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies.  Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations.  For more information on employee standards of conduct, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

 

DH Employee Standards of Conduct
DHE   Searches and Alchohol/Drug Testing

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' article School District Employees and Electronic Media offers guidance about policies and other regulation of employees' use of social media tools.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Reporting Educator Misconduct to SBEC explains the requirements for reporting educator misconduct, including a discussion of the contents of the report, confidentiality of student records, and the school board's role in reporting misconduct.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Harassment and Bullying Policies in Public Schools answers frequently asked questions about the adoption of effective policies on harassment and bullying.
  • TASB Legal Services' Bullying in Schools DVD, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a training video package that addresses the legal requirements and procedures for districts to consider when identifying and responding to bullying in public schools.
  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, collects information and resources on employee discipline under the heading Employee Performance, including a discipline guidelines checklist and a sample warning notice.  In addition, under the heading Termination, the HR Library includes a sample report of educator misconduct.
  • TASB HR Services also produces a Model Employee Handbook, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, with information and procedures employees need to know, including information about employee standards of conduct.
  • For information on harassment and discrimination issues and alcohol/drug testing, see eSource at Personnel – Employment Conditions.

Other Resources

  • The TEA Educator Investigations Website answers frequently asked questions about educator misconduct investigations and discipline, includes investigation statistics, and provides general discipline information.
  • The TEA Office of Legal Services Teacher FAQs document provides guidance about eductors, including employee physical contact with students.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor eLaws Website provides interactive online tools on employment issues such as drug-free workplaces.

Staff Development

Related Policies

For more information on staff development, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

 

DMA   Required Staff Development
DMD Professional Meetings and Visitations
DME Research and Publication

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Training for School Employees chart lists required and recommended staff development training for all school employees.
  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, has information on employee staff development requirements under the heading Employee Performance.

Performance Evaluations

Related Policies

For more information on performance evaluations, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

 

DN Performance Appraisal
DNA Evaluation of Teachers
DNB Evaluation of Other Professional Employees

TASB Resources

  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, collects information and resources on employee appraisal under the heading Employee Performance, including information on appraisal systems and how to complete an appraisal form as well as sample appraisal forms for numerous positions not subject to the state appraisal system. 
  • For information on superintendent evaluations, see eSource at Governance – Superintendents.

Other Resources