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The Texas Evaluation and Support System (TESS) uses multiple measures in the development of educator quality to support student learning. This site provides information on the state recommended teacher and principal evaluation systems. Educator Leadership and Quality staff will post updates and relevant resources here.
May 3, 2014
TEA Submits Final Guidelines for Teacher and Principal Support Systems to ED
Following its ESEA Waiver, the TEA submitted final guidelines for new teacher and principal evaluation systems, including multiple performance measures, to the US Department of Education (outside source).
The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is a new teacher evaluation system being piloted during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.
The Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) is a new principal evaluation system being piloted during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.
The Texas Evaluation and Support System is rolling out across three years. This TESS Timeline graphic (PDF, 56 KB) shows the plan for implementing TESS as well as the history of how TESS was developed.
Many organizations, districts and individuals are helping to pilot the Texas Evaluation and Support System (TESS).
Educator appraisal in Texas is governed by both statute and regulation.