All major components of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) remain in place following a legal agreement with various teacher organizations in the state, according to Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.
The organizations, which include the Texas State Teachers Association and the Texas American Federation of Teachers, filed separate lawsuits to block Morath from putting the evaluation system in place. Under T-TESS, a portion of the teachers’ evaluation must be tied to student STAAR results.
Student growth will remain part of statutorily-required teacher appraisal systems in either the state-recommended system or a locally-developed system a school district may wish to adopt.
A TEA news release last week stated the Commissioner wants to ensure districts know they can pursue any valid student growth measure they choose and the references to the four ways to measure student growth will be removed from rule to make that explicitly clear. Districts can track growth however they want, as long as it’s measured.
For more information, read the most recent TEA release on teacher evaluations.