TEA announces details of teacher evaluation pilot, submits plan to USDE for approval

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced today that it has submitted its formal plan for a new teacher evaluation system to the U.S. Department of Education. Through Secretary Arne Duncan, the federal government has demanded that Texas adopt new teacher and principal evaluation instruments as a condition of a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver the state received earlier this school year. Duncan is using the waivers to compel states to adopt educator evaluation systems that consider student growth as a significant factor in the appraisals.

TEA will pilot the new instrument in 72 school districts this fall. The agency hopes to roll out the new evaluation model statewide in the 2015-16 school year. Under the proposed new system, 20 percent of a teacher’s evaluation will be based on student growth. For teachers of certain tested subjects and grades—primarily math and reading—the student growth portion will be assessed using a new value-added measurement developed by the state. The statistical calculation will determine if the teacher’s students are meeting expected rates of growth from year to year on STAAR tests.

The remainder of the teacher’s evaluation will be based on an observation rubric that includes indicators related to planning, instruction and the learning environment. Professionalism is also an element of the evaluation, encompassing professional practices, ethics, goal-setting, self-assessment and professional development.

UPDATE: View TEA’s May 2 submission to the U.S. Department of Education. It includes a draft of the new evaluation rubrics and standards for teachers and principals.

Read TEA’s full press release with links to additional information here. Stay tuned to Teach the Vote for ongoing comprehensive coverage of the evaluation pilot and NCLB waiver, and don’t miss our teacher evaluation feature in the next issue of ATPE News.

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12 thoughts on “TEA announces details of teacher evaluation pilot, submits plan to USDE for approval

  1. Tony

    Value added doesn’t take into account a host of issues that are outside of a teachers control- home environment, work ethic and attendance just to name a few. Will this factors be calculated??? Value added will encourage teaching to the test and a stressful environment. results on tests don’t produce life-long learners and innovative people but rather good test takers which isn’t a well paying endeavor in today’s job market. Who comes up with these ideas? They would be better off reading Diane Ravitch and Pasi Sahlberg. It continues to be all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  2. P Venzant

    I was one of those children who came from a very poor home environment. Teachers helped bring me out of it. I will never forget “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…” A good teacher need not worry about any government program. A good teacher, teaches. They leave a fire in the belly. IMHO.

  3. James Kingsmill

    I can’t retire with my “80” for 8 more years. I see a medical retirement in my future… which I could probably get now.

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  6. Ronie

    I step out of the classroom for family reasons and am really wanting to return…however, with this I may not see a reason to return. I am wondering what factors will go into the broad term ‘growth’ and how it will be measured. I really wish articles like this were not published until the entire story including ALL the details were able to be included to prevent rush-to-judgement and knee-jerk reactions. Like teachers needed one MORE thing to be evaluated on….sheesh!

    1. Jennifer Canaday Post author

      Ronie, thanks for your comment. It’s understandable that teachers are feeling a lot of anxiety over this. I wish we could provide more detail at this point on how the new system would work, but TEA hasn’t shared much beyond what’s in the proposal they submitted to the U.S.D.E. We will have a larger feature article on this in our next issue of ATPE News later this month as well as related content on Teachthevote.org, so please stay tuned.

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