Appraisers

All the resources you will need as an Appraiser are contained on this page.

Appraiser Guidelines


The appraiser has a vital role in assessing teaching proficiency and ensuring that teachers and administrators derive reliable and meaningful information from the teacher evaluation process. By providing evidence-based feedback, appraisers help teachers and administrators make decisions that support efforts to improve instructional quality and student performance.

The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) requires that all appraisers successfully complete appraisal training and pass a certification exam prior to conducting formal observations. The face-to-face appraiser training is offered by Education Service Centers (ESCs.) Contact your regional Education Service Center to view registration and contact information.

Upon conclusion of the three-day face-to-face training, appraisers must successfully complete the online certification test to assume the role of certified appraisers. The online certification process includes two steps: viewing/scoring a lesson and post-conference responses.

T-TESS Appraiser Training @ ESCs


The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) requires that all appraisers successfully complete a training program to become a certified T-TESS appraiser. This training is offered by Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs.)

Region 1: Edinburg
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • Nov 1-3, 2017 @ Edinburg
  • Jan 13, 20, 27, 2018 @ Edinburg
  • Jan 13, 20, 27, 2018 @ Laredo
  • Feb 21-23, 2018 @ Edinburg
  • June 19-21, 2018 @ Edinburg
  • June 19-21, 2018 @ Laredo

Region 2: Corpus Christi
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • TBD

Region 3: Victoria
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • TBD

Region 4: Houston
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • TBD

Region 5: Beaumont
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • November 7-9, 2017 Beaumont
  • March 19-21, 2018 Beaumont

Region 6: Huntsville
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • TBD

Region 7: Kilgore
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • February 21-23, 2018
  • June 26-28, 2018

Region 8: Mount Pleasant
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • TBD

Region 9: Wichita Falls
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • TBD

Region 10: Richardson
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • October 24-26, 2017
  • November 14-16, 2017
  • January 9-11, 2018
  • February 13-15, 2018
  • March 20-22, 2018
  • April 17-19, 2018

Region 11: Fort Worth
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • January 23-25, 2018
  • June 18-20, 2018
  • July 10-12, 2018
  • July 31- Aug 2, 2018
  • September 5-7, 2018

Region 12: Waco
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • January 23-25, 2018

Region 13: Austin
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • January 15-17, 2018
  • June 18-20, 2018
  • July 23-25, 2018
  • August 6-8, 2018

Region 14: Abilene
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • TBD

Region 15: San Angelo
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • TBD

Region 16: Amarillo
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • TBD

Region 17: Lubbock
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • July 23-25, 2018
  • August 6-8, 2018

Region 18: Midland
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • January 23-25, 2018
  • June 12-14, 2018 (Alpine)-pending
  • June 18-20, 2018

Region 19: El Paso
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • November 3, 6, 7, 2017
  • March 6-8, 2018
  • July 17-19, 2018

Region 20: San Antonio
Training Dates:

Please contact the ESC directly for registration details and information.


  • November 6-8, 2017
Click on your Regional Education Service Center (map) to view registration details and contact information.
T-TESS Contacts Map

Evaluation Process


The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support (T-TESS) System observation cycle includes a pre-conference, observation and post-conference, as the recommended cycle for supporting teachers. During the observation, appraisers capture detailed, strategically-scripted evidence and use this evidence in conjunction with the T-TESS dimensions and descriptors of the rubric to determine performance levels. Each aspect of the observation cycle is included in this section.

Campus leaders conduct orientation session(s) for teachers who are new to T-TESS to familiarize them with the T-TESS process, its components, key staff roles and responsibilities, information and resources available during implementation, where to seek assistance, and how to develop and implement goals and professional development plans. The orientation serves as an initial overview that is supported with ongoing learning opportunities, thereafter.

For a brief overview of the entire evaluation process, check out this year at a glance timeline.

Appraisal Process Timeline

Aligned with the notion of continuous improvement, the goal-setting and professional development processes are interwoven throughout the year to positively impact performance. Teachers authentically engage in reflection about current professional practices using teacher and student data, identify professional growth goals, establish and implement a professional development plan to attain those goals, and track progress toward the goals over the course of the year.


The overall purpose of the pre-conference is for the appraiser and teacher to mutually discuss the upcoming lesson observation with a focus on the interrelationships between planning, instruction, the learning environment and student outcomes.


As tied to the Texas Teacher Standards for Professional Practice, the T-TESS multi-dimensional observation tool is used in conjunction with collected evidence to evaluate and inform each teacher’s performance and professional needs as an ongoing system of continuous improvement to ultimately impact student performance.

Ideally, multiple formal and informal observations are used throughout the year to provide teachers with actionable, timely feedback, allowing teachers to make efficient and contextual professional development choices that lead to refinement in their practices.


The overall purpose of the post-conference is to provide teachers opportunities to self-reflect on the execution of their lessons with guidance and support from the administrators or teacher leaders who conducted the evaluation, including the impact on student performance. Results are used to inform and guide the teacher’s future practices and growth.


The End-of-Year (EOY) Conference provides an opportunity for the appraiser and the teacher to summarize the observations for Domains 1-3, formalize the evidence and score for Domain 4, and to discuss next year’s goal(s) and professional development plan.


Rubric Training


Deepen your understanding of the T-TESS rubric with this series of module videos that explore the finer points of each dimension of the rubric.

Planning (Domain 1)
  • Standards and Alignment (Dimension 1.1) The teacher designs clear, well-organized, sequential lessons that reflect best practice, align with the standards and are appropriate for diverse learners.
  • Data and Assessment (Dimension 1.2) The teacher uses formal and informal methods to measure student progress, then manages and analyzes student data to inform instruction.
  • Knowledge of Students (Dimension 1.3) Through knowledge of students and proven practices, the teacher ensures high levels of learning, social-emotional development and achievement for all students.
  • Activities (Dimension 1.4) The teacher plans engaging, flexible lessons that encourage higher –order thinking, persistence and achievement.


Training Modules:
           
Instruction (Domain 2)
  • Achieving Expectations (Dimension 2.1) The teacher supports all learners in their pursuit of high levels of academic and social-emotional success.
  • Content Knowledge and Expertise (Dimension 2.2) The teacher uses content and pedagogical expertise to design and execute lessons aligned with state standards, related content and student needs.
  • Communication (Dimension 2.3) The teacher clearly and accurately communicates to support persistence, deeper learning and effective effort.
  • Differentiation (Dimension 2.4) The teacher differentiates instruction, aligning methods and techniques to diverse student needs.
  • Monitor and Adjust (Dimension 2.5) The teacher formally and informally collects, analyzes and uses student progress data and makes necessary lesson adjustments.


Training Modules:
              
Learning Environment (Domain 3)
  • Classroom Environment, Routines and Procedures (Dimension 3.1) The teacher organizes a safe, accessible and efficient classroom.
  • Managing Student Behavior (Dimension 3.2) The teacher establishes, communicates and maintains clear expectations for student behavior.
  • Classroom Culture (Dimension 3.3) The teacher leads a mutually respectful and collaborative class of actively engaged learners.


Training Modules:
        
Professional Practices and Responsibilities (Domain 4)
  • Professional Demeanor and Ethics (Dimension 4.1) The teacher meets district expectations for attendance, professional appearance, decorum, procedural, ethical, legal and statutory responsibilities.
  • Goal Setting (Dimension 4.2) The teacher reflects on his/her practice.
  • Professional Development (Dimension 4.3) The teacher enhances the professional community.
  • School Community Involvement (Dimension 4.4) The teacher demonstrates leadership with students, colleagues, and community members in the school, district and community through effective communication and outreach.



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Calibration Videos


Advance your instruction and gain additional insight into the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) appraisal process with the collection of classroom lessons at varied grade levels, along with T-TESS rater scores. These lessons are designed to be used for appraiser calibrations and professional development to highlight and improve performance on each of the T-TESS domains/dimensions at both the teacher and appraiser levels.

Check out these Elementary, Middle School, and High School video lessons below to calibrate your rating ability. Be sure to download the evidence rating sheets.

Elementary Videos


2nd Grade ELA (Spelling)

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

3rd Grade Math Intervention

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

4th Grade ELA (Character Traits)

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

2nd Grade ELA (Making Predictions)

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

3rd Grade Reading Intervention

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

4th Grade ELA (Spelling Patterns)

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

Middle School Videos


6th Grade Math

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

7th Grade Physical Education

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

Middle School Science (Homeostasis)

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

7th Grade (Avid Lesson)

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

7th Grade Math (Pi and Circles)

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

High School Videos


High School Literature (Age of Romanticism)

Evidence Rating Sheet

  

Orientation Materials


These recommended resources are designed for Campus and District Administrators to provide site-based overviews of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). The materials should be used- not only for the initial orientation- but also for continued focus of teachers and appraisers on the entire yearlong T-TESS appraisal process.

Appraisal Certification


The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) requires that all appraisers successfully complete the certification process prior to conducting formal observations. Upon conclusion of the three-day face-to-face training, appraisers must successfully complete the online certification test to assume the role of certified appraisers.

Evaluation Management


The Evaluation Management system allows districts and campuses to record and save observation and rubric ratings for teachers, generate observation and summary ratings reports, and analyze campus and district data to support next steps in using T-TESS as an educator development tool. Input data, ratings, and areas for reinforcement and refinement for any formal observation or informal observation/walkthrough tied to the T-TESS rubric.

Impact Coaching Training


The Impact Coaching Training is a new, optional 1-day companion training to T-TESS and T-PESS Appraiser preparation. This training is designed for appraisers to learn and apply the specialized skills, tools, and competencies necessary to coach and transform staff and outcomes. Improve goal-setting, planning, reflective practices, and create high-impact action steps which yield immediate results.

More information about training dates and locations coming soon!

Additional Resources


Explore these resources for Appraisers to assist with the implementation of T-TESS.