Updated T-PESS Rubric Required

June 16, 2021 • Cheryl Hoover

Updated T-PESS Rubric Required

Beginning this school year, local education agencies (LEAs) must use the updated Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) rubric to meet the commission’s recommended principal appraisal system requirements.

On June 10, 2021, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) sent a letter reminding districts they will need to take the necessary steps to either change the updated T-PESS rubric or continue with the original rubric, now considered a locally developed principal appraisal system.

Districts choosing to continue to use the original T-PESS rubric must follow the alternative principal appraisal system processes outlined in TEC § 21.3541 and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 150.1026.

Changes to the updated T-PESS rubric were made based on feedback from district administrators and education services center (ESC) staff. The primary changes include the following:

  • Descriptor language that provides more clarity or specificity in the practices described with a continuum across performance levels
  • A preponderance of evidence approach to rating as opposed to an additive and cumulative approach
  • A clear alignment to the Effective Schools Framework to connect T-PESS to campus-based practices

Training and resources are available from your ESC and can be found on the T-PESS website.


Cheryl Hoover is an HR consultant at TASB HR Services. Send Cheryl an email at cheryl.hoover@tasb.org.


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