What is T-TESS?
T-TESS strives to capture the holistic nature of teaching – the idea that a constant feedback loop exists between teachers and students,
and gauging the effectiveness of teachers requires a consistent focus on how students respond to their teacher’s instructional practices.
For those reasons, each of the observable domains in T-TESS focuses on teachers and students rather than separating them out into
separate domains. Ultimately, T-TESS is a process that seeks to develop habits of continuous improvement, and the process itself best
leads to that outcome when appraisers and teachers focus on evidence-based feedback and professional development decisions based on that
feedback through ongoing dialogue and collaboration.
T-TESS includes three components:
- Goal-setting and professional development plan
- The evaluation cycle (including: pre-conference, observation, post-conference)
- Student growth measure